Posted 4/9/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)
Best wishes to all of you Proton Therapy pioneers. You are my heros!
yeah
SYMPTOMS: PSA Velocity=2.6 to 4.7 over 12 month period; DRE=Normal

PRE-OP STAGING: Biopsy=1 in 12 cores positive; Gleason 3+4=7; T1c; Bone scan=clear; CT scan=clear; da Vinci robotic LRP Jan2007 (@ age 58)

POST-OP PATHOLOGY: Adenocarcinoma; Gleason 3+3=6; T2c; Extra Prostatic Extension=Clear; Seminal Vesicles=Clear; Margins=Clear; Post-op PSA's=undetectable

Post Edited (TonyB) : 4/9/2008 5:42:10 PM (GMT-6)

Posted 6/17/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -7)
Thank you all for taking the time to inform those of us still stumbling in the darkness. I also found Yana so very helpful, and by just sitting for long periods reading personal accounts and letting them sink in, I kept getting different feelings, mostly depressing, regarding the incontinence that too frequently seemed to follow surgeries. Ditto reading accounts of radiation. So the Proton Beam suddenly appeared as a magic bullet, with minimal down time, minimal pain and suffering, and minimal side effects. If I am still contained, that is. Am I forming a picture that is too optomistic?

My search is nearing a close, as I have a urologist appointment next Thur. I am looking for the down side of the Proton Beam treatments so I can make a decision. I'm about 370 miles from Indianapolis, and about 500 from Jacksonville, so I'll be contacting one of those for info soon. Anyone have experience with these treatment centers?

Thanks again for all your efforts to educate us.....

charley coryn/70/east tennessee
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Pre-Diagnostic PSA record, begun 1995 at age 58..... now 70:
1995 - 1.2, 1997 - 1.7, 1998 - 1.4, 1999 - 1.7, 2000 - 3.4, 2001 - 2.0,
2002 - 4.6 on 6/6, 4.1 on 7/24, 3.5 on 10/1 at urologist's office
2003 - 2.3, 2004 - 2.7, 2005 - 3.2 on 7/15, 2006 - no test????
2007 - 5.8 on 2/5, 5.7 on 6/16
2008 - 10.4 on 2/29, 8.8 on 4/21 --- Scheduled biopsy for 5/6/2008. On a graph, the PSA rise looks exponential, i.e. a growth function.

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5/22/2008 -- Results of biopsy
4 of 12 cores show adenocarcinoma:
LLM - Gleason 3+3=6, PTI=10%, LM - Gleason 3+3=6, PTI=2%
LLA - Gleason 3+4=7, PTI=25%, LA - Gleason 3+3=6, PTI=20%
Clinical Stage: T2a
Comments:
RLB - There is focal acute prostatitis
LLM - There is focal perineural invasion
LLA - There is focal perineural invasion
Partin Table:
OC - 33%, CP - 52%, SV+ -10%, LN - 4%
No treatment selected yet.....

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