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Spouse/Partner: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Male, Age: 54

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    • rcwife
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    What kind of treatment to pursue

    Decision Point

    Does he pursue radiation, cryotherapy, laser, radical prostatectomy, or HIFU. He's only 50, doesn't want to do radical prostatectomy and encounter the lifelong issues that may entail. Cryotherapy leaves a chance of cancer cells landing in another area, as does the laser, where treatment can kill the prostate cancer, but patient can end up with bladder or colon cancer. It's a focal treatment, does not treat the entire prostate. Radiation melts everything. it also can cause other cancers. If you do radiation, you cannot do a radical after. If you do a radical, you can do radiation after. Research on HIFU indicates that this is the treatment most along the lines of what we are looking for. it treats the entire prostate. The studies so far indicate a better than average result. Recovery time is greatly reduced. Side effects are greatly reduced. However, HIFU is not FDA approved at this time, although it is approved in other countries. The US FDA will not use study results from other countries. Therefore, insurance does not cover HIFU and it is out of pocket.

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