Successful HIFU on February 28, 2007 in Turin Italy

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 3/3/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 62 and went to Turin Italy last week to have HIFU treatment by Dr. Leonardo D'Urso. Insurance will not cover it, but due to their socialized medicine, my total cost for HIFU, dozens of e-mails from Turin doctors, hospital stay overnight after HIFU, and follow-up visit following night to Dr. D'Urso was only about $5600 USD (compared to $25,000 for HIFU in Toronto). I felt some discomfort during the night after HIFU but walked a couple miles the day after and had a great trip to Turin. If you are considering HIFU, and have a Gleason score of 7 or less, a prostate size of less than 40, you may qualify. I would be happy to receive phone calls from those seeking more information. I am in Syracuse NY (EST) and you should call between 9 a.m.--5 p.m. or send an e-mail.

Your US urologists will discourage dyou and tell you there is no research, but there are several studies on HIFU if you do a little research. I do not expect to have any side effects. I was already taking Viagara due to having type II diabetes for several years; Dr. D'Urso said he preserved the nerve bundles on the other side of the prostate not affected by cancer, so I expect to regain the same sexually capability as before.



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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 3/3/2007 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your recovery. It will be very informational for others who are interested in HIFU to follow your recovery. We go for the Da Vinci in eleven days. We can't wait to be on the other side. Courtney
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
PSA 4.1
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Live in OK
Da Vinci scheduled 3-15-07 in Austin

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   Posted 3/3/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kurt & Courtney:

Unlike Da Vinci, there is no recovery period with HIFU (Google HIFU). I felt great the next day and walked a couple miles, and I am going back to the office on Monday.

Good luck with your Da Vinci.


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   Posted 3/3/2007 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
So good to hear those early success stories! Thanks for sharing Jim! Continued good health to you!

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   Posted 3/4/2007 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi ~ Jim,


WOW….   :-)    You sound great and it’s really wonderful that you’re sharing your journey…

Thank you!  Please continue to do so over time okay!!! 


Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers…

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy



Hope you felt the hugs… Thread:   Group Hug for Jim *jajacarro ~ for Wed, Feb 28th

(direct links ~ just click on the title!  Reminder to click on the REFRESH icon once there)

Previous thread started by: Jim *jajcarro  HIFU Ultrasound

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 3/4/2007 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah Thanks Lee and Buddy for the hugs and prayers. They certainly worked for me in Turin.

I will post an update when I get my PSA readings.


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   Posted 3/4/2007 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jim - Glad to hear your treatment went so well. Sounds like your time in Spain was very nice - even though your reason for being there was difficult. Lemonade out of lemons, yes?

I'm a native Syracusan myself but have lived in FL for 35 years. Our nephews played lacrosse for SU - the Powell brothers - GO SU!

All the best to you Jim and I'll be looking for your updates,
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05  Age: 63  No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive  Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7  Stage: T2B N0 MX
2/09/06: LRP  Restage: T3A NX MX 
3 mo. PSA Post Surgery:  11.8, 12.9, 13.9  Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
9/06/06: 6 mo. PSA:  18.8  CT shows lymph node involvement  Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA  0.8
03/07/07 - next PSA

M. Kat
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   Posted 3/6/2007 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Jim, thank you for sharing your journey. it's great to hear from everyone about their experiences. take care, kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06

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   Posted 5/27/2007 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi  I am from Vancouver,Canada
Just recently diagnosed
Age 59  Gleason count of 6  (3+3) Prostrate size 35
2/10 samples were cancerous (they were sise by side)
Would very much like to talk to you and hence will call you on Tuesday as you enjoying Memorial day
In terms of treatment I have decided on HIFU
Look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions
Best Regards

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 5/27/2007 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi ~ Ed,

Please consider starting a Personal Thread sharing Your Journey with “all of us” and Newbies to come.

We “HealingWell Forum” have grown tremendously over the last year since we joined.   Members sharing their Radiation treatments and HIFU treatments with us has given us new knowledge and has rounded this forum out nicely.  It’s like getting all of the spokes on a wheel in order to make the journeys much smoother.  Sharing “all” journeys teach us so much! 

Hope to welcome you soon!!   In New Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy




cool    Hey ~ Jim  *jajcarro,

We could sure use an update right about now….  yeah

Please touch base as time permits… Okay!!!

Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers… as we all continue to move forward.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

J  We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 5/27/2007 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jim and Ed,

I hope you both keep us posted on your experiences with HIFU. The more we know the better off we all are. Like Bluebird always says, "Knowledge is Power"...

Age 72. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2B Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2B. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSA on 1/3/07 - 0.04. 
PSA on 4/4/07 - 0.00  T level - 48  Restarted T therapy.
Next PSA on 7/18/07.
 "I have cancer but cancer does not have me."

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