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> How did the learn about
your lymph node prior to surgery--was it through an MRI or some other sort of scan?
MRI and CT showed it was likely, then a CT guided biopsy (Fine Needle Aspiration - FNA) confirmed it.
> What is your plan for radiation? Is it just external beam radiation or would you potentially have it in conjunction with brachytherapy?
I didn't have a chance to talk to the NIH doctor's after they told me the news. I had 15 minutes to rush down to the blood lab to have a chance at enrolling in a vaccine trial that uses the body's own immune system to target the PC cells. I haven't heard yet if I'm eligible.
BTW, if anyone wants a second opinion on Prostate cancer diagnosis, options and treatments, NIH in Bethesda, MD offers a free clinic each Wednesday. Doctors of surgery, oncology, molecular oncology, and molecular imaging, and several residents meet together and develop a consensus opinion for anyone that provides medical records, and can visit NIH for a medical exam that same Wednesday.
PSA: 4.2 July 2011; 21.4 May 2013;
MRI found 3 lesions; June 2013 MRI targeted 18 core biopsy confirmed cancer;
Gleason score: 8;
Sodium-Fluoride Scan negative on bones.
CT guided biopsy (FNA) confirmed cancer spread to enlarged lymph node 1.7 cm.
Treatment: July 24, 2013 Casodex started (later Lupron?) will be followed by two months of radiation
Post Edited (ksargent) : 8/1/2013 10:16:31 AM (GMT-6)