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    Umbilical hernia

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      If you are asking about hernia surgery, it's a snap. I was likely born w/an umbilical hernia. I became symptomatic last June. Had surgery in July. The only complication was that they found cancer. If not for the cancer diagnosis, I would have been in the hospital just overnight. If you are asking about the specific procedure you had, can't help.

      over 3 years ago
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      I'm on that boat with you James. I have two hernias due to the huge incision for my radical hysterectomy. Hoping to get it fixed after I'm done with treatment.

      over 3 years ago
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    Easkey, Ouch...after three biopsies there won't be much left to remove. And is the MRI that much more definitive than the ultrasound normally used for biopsies? There are some docs in the Phila. area but have not heard about their outcomes or level of experience, James

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    Easkey, DRE results seem more than "normal" with a 6 Gleeson but good that you know and will influence your decision. Had not heard of the Jacksonville proton facility but your right about the insurance issue. Medicare (which I have) does cover this treatment and is about 50K up here. But 40-45 sessions of IMRT is close to 40K ( up here in Philly area). There is another very new approach developing called NANO KNIFE...am not sure there is much data re prostatectomies but being looked at. Still invasive but done laparoscopically with tiny instruments and an electrical impulse to destroy the tumor. Sounds great but you always have to find someone whose adept with it ...not so easy. Stay in touch, Clayt

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      Thanks for telling me about NANO or IRE cancer treatment , I am intrested enough to call sloan Kettering tomorrow and see if i can get a appointment with Dr Jonathan Coleman , he seems to be the one talking about this treatment , from his youtube statement , you submit yourself to another biopsy and MRI , then another Biopsy to make sure your cancer is below grade 6, it sounds intresting and i will follow up on what i find out, thanks again .

      over 3 years ago
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    Easkey, Having chosen Davinci surgery (71, Gleeson 6) I may not be the best responder to your Cyberknife vs. IMRT treatments but the important point is in TARGETING, that is hitting the tumor without affecting the healthy tissue. To confuse you even more you should be aware of proton beam technology but his may not be available in Florida. Google it to see its advantages. All of these developing therapies are again to improve targeting. As far as the impotence concern goes its my understanding that the radiation treatments do not cause this problem immediately (as does surgery) but there may be trouble in that area a few years out. Sorry to make this even more confusing at this time but it is an important decision...good luck to you, James
    PS What was your Gleeson, and did you have a rectal exam by a UROLOGIST?

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      Thanks for that, I tried to get the proton treatment in jacksonville FL but my insurance would not cover it , my DRE was normal , 12 core biopsy showed 4 cores , positive , grade 6 cancer, I guess until they find another treatment im stuck with imrt or Cyber knife. going back on tue for another pow wow with my oncologist, and trying to get an apointment with a cyber knife dr, the problem is there all like tire salesmen , whatever brand they carry they try to sell you , Martin

      over 3 years ago