I recently had a discussion with an Interventional Radiologist while sharing a dinner table on a cruise ship. He was talking about
his profession, and I asked him if he worked on prostate issues. He said that his practice has had great success with prostate artery embolization (PAE), in which needles are used to inject plastic blocking materials into the arteries supplying blood to the prostate gland. They are able to reduce the gland size up to 85 percent with this procedure, which he considered a game-changer for men with enlarged prostates.
Here is a typical descript
ion of the procedure. Note the impressive before-and-after images.
My question for the forum: This procedure is designed to relieve the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), but can it be used for men with BHP who also have diagnosed prostate cancer? My prostate isn't getting any smaller with age, and this option would be great to have available, if it is not contraindicated.
Anyone know the answer?
DOB: May 1944
In AS program at Johns Hopkins
Five biopsies from 2009 to 2014. The third and fourth biopsies were positive with one core and three cores <5% and G 3+3. Fifth biopsy was negative.
OncotypeDX: 86 percent chance of PCa remaining indolent
August 2015: tests are stable; no MRI or biopsy this year for my AS program
August 2016: MRI unchanged from 2/2014; PSA=3.9; FPSA= 26; PHI =28
Post Edited (ASAdvocate) : 6/5/2017 5:11:28 PM (GMT-6)