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    rcwife shared an experience

    Decision Point (What kind of treatment to pursue): 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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    • Jake's Avatar

      First of all, it is devastating news and I feel for you! It is hard for the patient but having been there with my wife, I know it is family members who feel the impact equally as hard. It sounds like you are collecting good data. There are pros and cons to every procedure or treatment as you have stated, but there is the right procedure/treatment for "your husband's case". Step 1: Find a good Oncologist who will help you with the analysis and who will speak frankly about the options and who is associated with the best cancer facility you can find. I was about the same age as your husband, 53, and I didn't see that one coming (diagnosed summer of '08). After being passed from one specialist to another for opinions and not feeling very reassured by any of them in my area, I elected to have surgery at the Mayo Clinic. For my situation it was the best alternative. Step 2: Ask lots of questions and keep collecting information. If you have not picked up the book "Dr. Patrick Walsh's, Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer" it is a great resource. I also found that the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins have good websites. I'm certain that you are as curious, concerned and strong as my wife was and that you will be a great resource as well. I wish you well during these times and will follow your journey.

      about 4 years ago