• HAD RADIATION IMPLANTS 2005. LAST YEAR PSA STARTED TO RISE AND IS NOW 25. SURGERY NOT AN OPTION. SUGGEST HORMONE THERAPY

    Asked by RPAYNE on Friday, December 30, 2011

    HAD RADIATION IMPLANTS 2005. LAST YEAR PSA STARTED TO RISE AND IS NOW 25. SURGERY NOT AN OPTION. SUGGEST HORMONE THERAPY

    I go to Cleveland Clinic and have been happy...except that proceedure didnt last, but have not talked to anyone who has received this therapy. hematology/oncology thinks this is only recourse. Have had bone and ct scans and there is no evidence of metastatic disease at this time. I am to return to clinic in March 2012 for another psa....if at 30 or above I have been told I need to make a decision to prevent(or delay?) production of cells. I need to know if there are infact other options and if not what is hormone therapy like. Thanks!

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    • Maxie7300's Avatar
      Maxie7300

      I too have prostate cancer and had CyberKnife Radiation treatments along with a couple hormone shots. In my case it has worked just fine. However I also had Lung Cancer the year before and had CyberKnife treatment for that also. I have found that many doctors dont have the slighest idea what CyberKnife is as there are not that many CyberKnife machines around. You can get information on this type of treatment at Accuvue.com, the manufacturer of CyberKnife. I personally swear this is absolutely the way to go if at all possible, almost zero side effects and prostate was only 5 outpatient treatments at Parkview North Hospital, Ft. Wayne, IN. Excellent staff there.

      about 5 years ago
    • TomLand's Avatar
      TomLand

      I would strongly suggest looking into the cyber knife as Maxie 7300 mentioned and the Proton Therapy. These are extremely accurate and are being increasingly used in prostate cancer. You can find a lot of good information at the UF Shands web site - just search for Shands Proton Therapy. I have met Dr. Okunieff, Director of Oncology Radiation - extremely knowledgeable. He is my backup plan - mine is pancreatic cancer.

      about 5 years ago
    • Indyeastside's Avatar
      Indyeastside

      Hi RPAYNE,

      I went with robotic prostatectomy, then chemo and finally hormone therapy. I was a high stage III with psa level of 96. Hormone treatments had no ill effects on me-did starve the cancer and greatly lowered my psa to under.008.

      The surgery killed any penile urges and the hormones really stop all sexual drive. Have been off all treatment for over a year now and my testosterone levels are increasing. At some point I might need another round of HT, will see.

      Never had radiation as nothing showed on bone scan. Good luck, God be with you and you have another friend now.

      about 5 years ago
    • dennis' Avatar
      dennis

      Six years ago I had robotic prostratectomy and did okay for the last six years. This year the cancer returned. I am currently doing a clinical trial where I have been on Hormone treatment now for 3 months and am also receiving daily radiation therapy. The CT and Bone scans did not show any cancer, so we are guessing that the cancer is where the prostrate was. The Hormone therapy has lowered my PSA down to .004. I will not know the results of the radiation therapy for several months. Initially both the Hormone and Radiation caused some side effects, but I have been able to learn to tolerate or deal with them. Because of the Hormone therapy, I have no sex drive or erections. Although using Trimex or the pump still work. I am also in a Wellness program sponsored at the hospital, which is a combination of exercise and nutrition training that helps improve your life. This has been very helpful to me.

      Good Luck and don't give up, I'll include you in my prayers.

      about 5 years ago
    • tspoon's Avatar
      tspoon

      My husband has been on HT for nearly a year now. He had no choice. PSA was 1913, stage four in the lungs. It isn't easy. No sex drive, ability, XXX actually shrinks. He is 59, has hot flashes often, has gained 30 lbs, this is good, has some really low mood swings, and is VERY emotional. But, i as him, and he says he would do it again, even with all the side effects. With a gleason score of 9, we are grateful for however long it works.

      about 5 years ago

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