I think that informing members of possibe promising new approaches to treating PCa is good. I have done this from time to time. It is unfornuate that the articles you referenced did not go into more details about this treatment (e.g., total doseage of radiation and how it is administered). Because I was treated with more conventional radiation (i.e., proton) over a period of 39 days, I am somewhat skeptical about this new approach which seems to be experimental at best right now, on a very limited basis. I think this new treatment, if viable at all, would be more applicable to very early stage PCa patients. Also, until history can show the extent of potential side effects from this treatment, I would not want to try it. Also, when you consider that conventional radiation treatment (i.e., photon or ex-ray and proton) takes about 40 days of treatment versus 5 days of treatment with this new radiation approach, an extra 35 days of treatment is a relatively short period of time when we are talking about life threating prostate cancer. There is no easy cure for prostate cancer yet, but we all have hope for the future for miracle cures. Thanks for making us aware of what may well someday be a
a new proven way of treating prostate cancer.
68, 29-core biopsy 9/27/06, PSA 7.1, Stage T1c, Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in one area], Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two other areas], negative DRE, bone scan and Endorectal MRI. Completed 39 Proton radiation treatments 2/22/07-4/18/07. First PSA test 7/19/07 (3 months after treatment) was 2.1 or a 70% reduction in my PSA before treatment (this was better than the average expectation of a 50% reduction in PSA at this juncture, according to my radiation oncologist).