A good friend of mine and sorta mentor when I was first diagnosed told me his latest news at church this morning. He had
open RRP 5 years ago, using the same guys I did, then had SRT (77GY's over 38 sessions, same place that I might have to use, same onco doc, also) 2 years ago. PSA has been zero's since, but he recently has been having difficulty urinating and has begun having blood in urine, with clots, etc. They have got him back on a catheter and are starting tomorrow on 35 one hour sessions of hyperbaric chamber oxygenation to assist and speed healing of whatever is causing the bleeding. Also a bunch of pills to help the situation. They are hesitant of doing any invasive exams beyond a cystoscope right now, not wanting to risk further damage. Theory is this is the often discussed here delayed side effects of radiation- burnt or damaged tissue. In any case, it's sobering news for one such as me who may have to follow in his exact steps in the future. He remains continent with zero psa, but has blood and clots in the urine. I hope this treatment will do the job and get him back to 'normal' again.
James C, 64, East TN
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4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% inv, lf. lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Spar.
open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., Prob. micro.inv.-left apical margin -GS6
4 Yrs: .04 'til 4/10-.06, 12/10-.09, 5/11-.08, 9/11-.14 A Really Useful List
Post Edited (James C.) : 10/23/2011 6:37:59 PM (GMT-6)