HDR Brachytherapy as a standalone treatment option
There is so much to learn before I make my decision on treatment. Is there anyone in this group that had prostate cancer confined just to the prostate and just did HDR Brachytherapy without any additional treatment options and came out of it successfully. I want to avoid as many of the side affects as possible with other treatment options. I am 64 and have 2 lesions with a 3+4 =7 on just the right side of my prostate. Thanks.
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I will begin that treatment next week. What’s going to come if it , I do not know. As far as I know, now after the first one, which is to look and see, I was told twice for the brachytherapy. My surgeon and oncologist both recommended this and said I’ll do great. I believe one lesion, Stage 1 Gleason 4+3=7. I’ve read that this is very successful for our condition. I just turned 59
I was 64 when diagnosed, cancer was contained to the prostate and two 3+3’s and one 3+4. I did a bunch of research and got multiple opinions and decided on the standalone HDR Brachytherapy at the Mayo Clinic. I was very satisfied with treatment and also with the desired results thus far. Best of luck to you!
Thank you for your information. Did you experience any side affects.
Well, here goes my story… I’ve had prostate cancer cents 55 years of age. At 57 I had HDR Brachytherapy. My Gleason’s were all 10+ with some at 14 even though 10 is the maximum they record. 14 samples and all positive. at the time HDR Brachy therapy was highly recommended and had a 99.4% success rate. I was not one of the lucky ones, probably because of the advanced state of my cancer. But it took 14 months for my urethra to heal, a very long and unusual time. Plus complications. At this time they found two spots of non-active cancer on my hip bones. So I was already stage four and metastasized. I started on Lupron and most of the chemotherapy pills mentioned here. At one time I ran several years with a .01 or .013 PSA and so my urologist skipped a Lupron shot And I immediately got 20+ spots of bone cancer on my body. A huge struggle to eradicate that and they have caused many problems. They only treat bone cancer when it hurts and so mine is in my neck and spine and most of the bone regions of my body. Currently underwent my second 44 day session of radiation, this time to kill bone cancers that were causing pain and so now I am in the most pain-free spot I’ve been in many years. I personally am seeking to cure this on my own by implementing diet changes, and , whatever else. And constantly ask my doctor for direction about cure. I do think there are cures out there, but I think I am one hell of a money machine for the medical industry. I am on Medicare now and they pay these bills. My care is pushing $2 million go figure.