Proton centers (md anderson etc.) different criteria for adjuvant therapy?

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   Posted 11/16/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Have called Loma Linda and Md Anderson. Md anderson says flat out no to any kind of adjuvant therapy once you have a prosectamy, but Loma Linda states that it is possible. Why would one but not the other feel this way? Any ideas?

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   Posted 11/16/2007 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   


Only a guess.  Loma Linda is the only facility right now that is treating a majority of the prostate cancer patients using proton - others take only a few prostate cases and they may want to take only those who have not had any other treatment.  Like I said only a guess.


Diagnosed Feb 2001  (Age 65)  Currently 72
PSA 4.8      Gleason 3+3=6      Stage   T2b
Completed Proton Therapy @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001 - No side effects.
6yr PSA - 0.19
Our responsibility now is to educate men about Pca, PSA and the importance of early detection. 

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   Posted 11/19/2007 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Like Dutch Said. Loma Linda has 15 yrs. experience. Probably why they feel more confident.

Diagnosed with a Gleason 4X3. Second opinion at Stanford came back as 3X4, 1 out of 7 samples, Left Side. DRE showed Normal. Before Biopsy Psa gradually crept to 10. Dropped to 6.4 with Alt. suppliments.
Proton Beam Therapy at Loma Linda 11-06. 1st PSA 4 Months 3.4, PSA at 8 Mo. 1.7. - 1 Yr. PSA 1.8 ( Different Lab ) 4 th PSA Slightly up at 2.19- Free PSA at .33 probably due to BPH.

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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Everything is possible! MD, I believe, has just introduced proton beam into their program. When we were researching robotics back in summer '06, they were so "new" to that procedure they accepted less than 10% of prostate cancer patients for that, funneling the rest of them into other methods. They were playing it safe, of course. As perhaps they are now.

As others have stated, just because a facility is at the top of its game/reputation in the field, doesn't mean they're quick to adapt.
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