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    Thank you for that Mark. Yes, I'm aware of Vanderbilt's outstanding reputation. That's the kind of thing that gets a person's attention. I met a guy here awhile back who flew to Baltimore to have surgery at Johns Hopkins, and it was all covered by Medicare and insurance, just as if it had been done locally. I noticed that your psa and gleason score were both higher than mine. I feel very fortunate in that mine seems to have been caught very early. I don't anticipate it being anything that can't be handled here locally, but you never know.

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    Hello tom, I am also new at this. I have already had the bone and cat scans, and am currently looking at treatment options. This is all new to me too. I have no suggestions, but just wanted to wish you well.

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      Hi Rick - Thank you. I also wish you the very best. I have been doing research on prostate cancer as my doctor requested. I did find two helpful pamphlets that I am reading now.
      One is from the National Cancer Institute "Treatment Choices for Men" and the other from USTOO "Pathways for new Prostate Cancer Patients. The websites: http://www.ustoo.org/PDFs/prostate_treatmt.pdf and Cancer Pamphlet Overview --http://www.ustoo.org/PDFs/Pathways%20FINAL.pdf. I also plan to go to my first prostate cancer support group tonight. As I find info that is helpful to me I will let you know if you would like.
      The hardest thing I had to do so far was to tell my wife and daughters [27 and 29 years old] that I have prostate cancer with a Gleason score of 8. Take very good care. Tom

      about 6 years ago
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      You're welcome tom. Thanks for those links, those are good pamphlets. I'm sure the situation with your family was tough. I have no children so I haven't had to deal with that. I hope things go well with your upcoming scans. As you said in another post, they will give you a better idea of how to proceed. It sounds like you have a good doctor. I started out just following along with everything my first urologist suggested, but then decided I needed to step back and get some other opinions. I hope things go well with the support group. Take care for now.

      about 6 years ago
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    Thank you russh. I have read some about cyberknife. I did ask my first urologist about it, and he said he was still skeptical about it because of the high doses involved. I have no idea if that's a valid point or not. He's an older guy, and the truth is I feel like he pushed me toward targeted radiation all along. The radiation outfit they sent me to is a business partner of theirs, and that's making me question everything more than I might have otherwise. I have an appointment with another radiation oncologist this Friday, and I believe cyberknife is one of their options. Glad to hear that things have worked out well reasonably well for you so far.

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    Thank you Mark. I have an appointment with another radiation oncologist this Friday and I intend to ask about Brachytherapy. The first radiation oncologist I saw is a business partner of the urologist who found the cancer. That business relationship is causing me to question a lot of things. I saw a different urologist last week and he mentioned the possibility of Brachytherapy. My first urologist really didn't say much of anything about it. I hope to find out more Friday.