What questions to ask about injection therapy?

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 6/13/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey we are going in for an appt. about 9 weeks post surgery.
Want to bring up the subject of injections.  What questions should we ask?
Thanks in advance for any advice :)
Tanya (and Ken)
Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (2005: 3.4, 2004: 4.0)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007, Denver CO
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins, negative seminal vessicles, lymph nodes left intact. Gleason upgraded 3+4=7.
1st PSA Results: May 11, 2007 <.01

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 626
   Posted 6/13/2007 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Tanya & Ken,

You want to ask about the three primary medications that are used and what your urologist recommends and why. You should ask about the injection itself, the size of the needle, where it should be inserted and where it should not be. If Ken is up to it you might want to ask to see the syringe that is used. Ask where you would get the medication from and how much it will cost. Make sure you understand about the storage requirements of the medication and how long it is good for when stored as specified. Ask how many of the urologist's patients are using injections. When my urologist told me that there were hundreds of men using injections that are patients of the urology clinic he heads that made me feel more confident in the injections. Most of this information you can get from the Internet but to hear your urologist go over it makes a difference.

Good luck.

Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07

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