• Has anyone had both seed implants and external beam radiation for prostate cancer?

    Asked by GENMAR47 on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Has anyone had both seed implants and external beam radiation for prostate cancer?

    I am considering this option instead of surgery and I would like to know the outcome and what side effects. Appreciate any information.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • joey's Avatar

      I hope I can help with an answer. My husband was diagnosed at age 60 with prostate cancer with a Gleason scale of 10. It was considered an aggressive form. He did not want the surgery but agreed to the seed implant and external beam radiation. He tolerated both fairly well with some burning of the skin in the anal region and a lot of soreness from the catheter. Five years later he died from cancer in the liver, gall bladder, bile duct and who knows knows where else, BUT, the prostate cancer was completely gone and no signs of it were detected while trying to determine the primary cancer. After completing the treatment for the prostate cancer, he continued his somewhat unhealthy but usual life style, was still sexually active (albeit with some difficulty) and after about 2 years, stopped going in for his recommended exams. Which made me wonder if the other cancer would have been detected early enuf for treatment had he continued seeing all his doctors (radiaton oncologist, urologist/surgeon, general practitioner). I think that regardless of the treatment option you decide on, if you continue good health habits and regular dr visits, you should see a positve outcome.
      I sincerely wish you the best.

      about 4 years ago
    • Poliana's Avatar

      My father had seeds implanted when his tumor was diagnosed 12 years ago, his gleason was 5 (2+3) and PSA I don´t remember, but some about 2. The results were good, but last year (11 years after) he had an increase of PSA and 3 nodes (Very small) were found in spine. He started hormonotherapy since then and he is very good, with no symptoms and with a normal life until now (The doctor says his cancer is not too agressive). He is 76 years old now.

      about 4 years ago

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