Where are all the guys doing brachytherapy?

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Michael's Wife
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   Posted 10/28/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Seriously, it seems that everyone I know of recently with prostate cancer either has gone or is going the brachytherapy (seed radiation) route, yet it's hardly evident here. Is it regionally more popular/common in certain areas? Or do those pursuing the surgery route just tend to find their way here more?

A cousin and a co-worker are at the same point as my husband (recently diagnosed with early stage PCa), and another cousin had seeds a couple of years ago.

Just a point of curiosity for me ...

Husband Age: 58
Stage: T1c
Gleason: 6 (3+3)
PSA: 4.4
Biopsy: 12 samples, Adenocarcinoma involving 3 cores, right side only (95%, 90%, 30%, discontinuously)
Pre-op prostate study - Scheduled for November 13
Brachytherapy - Second week in December 2007
Hoping for a cancer-free Christmas


Gordy
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   Posted 10/28/2007 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I went the RT route. Anything I can help you with?

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01 AND REMAINS THERE TO THIS DAY
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
7/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA STILL UNDETECTABLE


Michael's Wife
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   Posted 10/29/2007 3:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Les. No real questions (and maybe that's why there aren't more posts about it). cool I'm just looking for more info on people's experiences with seeds. I think we know pretty much what to expect.

Ellen

P.S. My husband had another PSA test and it went down to 4.1. Not sure if that's significant at all, but I figure it can't hurt. Wonder if it was the pomegranate juice...

Husband Age: 58
Stage: T1c
Gleason: 6 (3+3)
PSA: 4.4
Biopsy: 12 samples, Adenocarcinoma involving 3 cores, right side only (95%, 90%, 30%, discontinuously)
Pre-op prostate study - Scheduled for November 13
Brachytherapy - Second week in December 2007
Hoping for a cancer-free Christmas


JustJulie
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Total Posts : 355
   Posted 10/29/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Ellen:

I have to agree, most posts are with respect to surgery but we (my husband and I) stand by his decison for Brachytherapy.  We were lucky enough to "qualify" for Brachytherapy and decided to go that route after much deliberation.

Maybe I should search for, and bump, my Brachytherapy post ...

 


Michael's Wife
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   Posted 10/29/2007 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Julie.  I know what you mean about qualifying for brachytherapy.  We were relly happy when his radiation oncologist told us my husband was the ideal candidate. (For some reason, his doctor had thought that his prostate might be too large; we think he might has misread the numbers as it's not even close to being a problem.)
 
Other than you (and thank you for your posts; they've been really helpful), there really hasn't been a lot of info on seed radiation here. That said, this site has a wealth of info and support for prostate cancer in general and I really appreciate all the feedback and info we've been provided.
 
Ellen

Husband Age: 58
Stage: T1c
Gleason: 6 (3+3)
PSA: 4.4
Biopsy: 12 samples, Adenocarcinoma involving 3 cores, right side only (95%, 90%, 30%, discontinuously)
Pre-op prostate study - Scheduled for November 13
Brachytherapy - Second week in December 2007
Hoping for a cancer-free Christmas


creed_three
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   Posted 10/30/2007 12:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Again Ellen,

I really wish you all the best for December, and look forward to hearing the great outcomes following.... you know this time last year, I was dispairing in "living with cancer" over Christmas, and hoped so much to fast forward to this time now (07). Hoping for you, like us, a cancer-free Christmas! Hard as it may seem, it does pass.. good luck with all aspects of the treatment coming up in 2nd week of Dec...

Hi Julie, I think it would be really helpful to bump your post up, if you can..I can think of a few members who have chosen this treatment, but my memory would fail if I tried to recall exactly who. Hopefully they will all chip or chirp, in here....

Post any preparatory questions you think of Ellen ... bye for now ladies & take care, Lana
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
 
Husband CJ aged 49 yrs. 
First PSA 3.5 (Nov 06). 1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on Tuesday 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia). Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined to prostate. Margins all clear, including bladder neck and seminal vessicles. 
1st PSA 0.01 - undetectable (June 07)
2nd PSA 0.02 - undetectable (Oct 07)
 


Michael's Wife
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 150
   Posted 10/30/2007 2:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Lana. Waiting is the hardest part of all of this so far.

Husband Age: 58
Stage: T1c
Gleason: 6 (3+3)
PSA: 4.4
Biopsy: 12 samples, Adenocarcinoma involving 3 cores, right side only (95%, 90%, 30%, discontinuously)
Pre-op prostate study - Scheduled for November 13
Brachytherapy - Second week in December 2007
Hoping for a cancer-free Christmas


creed_three
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 10/30/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ellen,

Yes, regardless of choice of treatment, the waiting is the worst. We actually waited a long time (our choice at the time) which is somewhat unusual here. By the last few weeks we had manage to keep anxiety in check from time to time. I remember delving into quite a few novels which helped focus my thoughts elsewhere, but my husband doesn't read much so he did other things. In hospital and recovery weeks however, I could not concentrate enough to read, so spent the time crotcheting instead. I found I just had to keep busy somehow as the time approached..

These are strange and unsettling days. Crotcheting reminds me of my grandmother (who taught me to knit/crochet), and I found this helpful and somewhat comforting. I am not quite sure why I had to share that particular fact! But there you go...I also found I had to take a deliberate break from reading about Pca towards the start of our treatment (surgery), as it was consuming my thoughts, pretty well to the exclusion of everything else, but this gets better too once on the road to recovery.
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
 
Husband CJ aged 49 yrs. 
First PSA 3.5 (Nov 06). 1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on Tuesday 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia). Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined to prostate. Margins all clear, including bladder neck and seminal vessicles. 
1st PSA 0.01 - undetectable (June 07)
2nd PSA 0.02 - undetectable (Oct 07)
 

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