prostate cancer

Posted by DC @dc, Sep 6, 2011

Can anyone tell me the treatment they chose for prostate cancer and what your results were ? Just found out today I have a very small incidence(Dr.says about the size of the tip of an ink pem) 3×3 gleason scale and he says it is very slow growing. I am leaning heaavily toward brachytherapy at this time.

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I have daVinci robotic surgery on 9/28. Of the 12 samples taken two showed cancer. One with a Gleason of 6 the other with a Gleason of 7. It was the Gleason of 7 that convinced me to have surgery. Seeds seem to be recommended only for Gleason’s of 6 or less. I had no palpable tumors and a PSA of 4.4. Good luck.

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I was 3+3 last May but had suffered BPH for 15 yrs. Seeds made no sense to me because I would still have urinary symptoms requiring some more intervention. I chose robotic laparoscopy. It was done on 9/27. I was home the next day and had the catheter out a week later. I am incontinent, but I am not surprised, my enlarged prostate probably substituted for my sphincter all those years . I am doing Kegels and getting incrementally better daily. Maybe I could have done watchful waiting but my inability to fully empty my bladder pushed me toward surgery. Good luck with your decision.

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I had a prostate biopsy on 10/24/11. Results were – Stage: T2c, PSA: 1.09 & Gleason Score was 3+3=6. My Urologist states I could go on Active Surveillance and get blood tests every 3 months to monitor my PSA. My other option which I’m really leaning toward is also the Brachytherapy. I think this will work for me. I want to get this behind me and want to move on. Recommend reading: 100 Questions & Answers about Prostate Cancer (Second Edition) by Pamela Ellsworth, MD. My wife & I meet with my Urologist on 11/15/11 to make a decision.

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My husband has been told about a month ago about his biopsy it’s t2a and 3×3 gleason scale, we also have been researching brachytherapy, our first appt. is next week to find out more about it…. I have soooo many questions, and can’t seem to find the answers, hoping this is the right choice for us..

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@greydog123

I had a prostate biopsy on 10/24/11. Results were – Stage: T2c, PSA: 1.09 & Gleason Score was 3+3=6. My Urologist states I could go on Active Surveillance and get blood tests every 3 months to monitor my PSA. My other option which I’m really leaning toward is also the Brachytherapy. I think this will work for me. I want to get this behind me and want to move on. Recommend reading: 100 Questions & Answers about Prostate Cancer (Second Edition) by Pamela Ellsworth, MD. My wife & I meet with my Urologist on 11/15/11 to make a decision.

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I am going to look for this book… does it have alot of info on brachytherapy?

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@kmerten

My husband has been told about a month ago about his biopsy it’s t2a and 3×3 gleason scale, we also have been researching brachytherapy, our first appt. is next week to find out more about it…. I have soooo many questions, and can’t seem to find the answers, hoping this is the right choice for us..

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I had an appointment with my Urologist. However, in my previous appt. of 11/01/11 my Urologist made me feel I had prostate cancer and I needed surgery. (T2c, PSA 1.09, Gleason 3+3=6) He didn’t actually recommend brachytherapy per se, but promoted brachytherapy to an extent and also outlined my other options. At that time, I also informed my Urologist my health insurance carrier would be changing. On 11/15 appt. my Urologist went over my scores again and stated I would be fine and I should wait untill I changed insurance carrier and discuss with my new physcian. So now I am on Active Surveillance. With my scores above, should I get assertive with my Urologist and demand brachytherapy now or wait until I get to Kaiser Permanente as my Urologist suggested? Can anyone help?

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@greydog123

I had a prostate biopsy on 10/24/11. Results were – Stage: T2c, PSA: 1.09 & Gleason Score was 3+3=6. My Urologist states I could go on Active Surveillance and get blood tests every 3 months to monitor my PSA. My other option which I’m really leaning toward is also the Brachytherapy. I think this will work for me. I want to get this behind me and want to move on. Recommend reading: 100 Questions & Answers about Prostate Cancer (Second Edition) by Pamela Ellsworth, MD. My wife & I meet with my Urologist on 11/15/11 to make a decision.

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The book has a sufficient amount of information on brachytherapy as well as information on the other options.

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@kmerten

My husband has been told about a month ago about his biopsy it’s t2a and 3×3 gleason scale, we also have been researching brachytherapy, our first appt. is next week to find out more about it…. I have soooo many questions, and can’t seem to find the answers, hoping this is the right choice for us..

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greydog, I’m sorry to hear that your health my be compromised by insurance coverage, I know that it took alot of reading and scary thoughts to come up with the idea of what intervention to do that would have the most benefits. Keep strong and go with your gut,,, take care of you first…

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@kmerten

My husband has been told about a month ago about his biopsy it’s t2a and 3×3 gleason scale, we also have been researching brachytherapy, our first appt. is next week to find out more about it…. I have soooo many questions, and can’t seem to find the answers, hoping this is the right choice for us..

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I could have scheduled brachytherapy in December, but my Urologist informed me I would be fine and I didn’t have to worry. My scores were low and thats why I decided to go on active survelience. Did I do the right thing, I’m not sure.

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@kmerten

My husband has been told about a month ago about his biopsy it’s t2a and 3×3 gleason scale, we also have been researching brachytherapy, our first appt. is next week to find out more about it…. I have soooo many questions, and can’t seem to find the answers, hoping this is the right choice for us..

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I thought it was because of insurance reasons that you changed your mind,, I misunderstood. sorry. If you are satisfied with your decision with your urologist, then you did the right thing… take care.. I’ll behoping for the best for you.

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@kmerten

My husband has been told about a month ago about his biopsy it’s t2a and 3×3 gleason scale, we also have been researching brachytherapy, our first appt. is next week to find out more about it…. I have soooo many questions, and can’t seem to find the answers, hoping this is the right choice for us..

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Thanks for the words of encouragement. I’ll keep you posted once I get an appointment at Kaiser Permanente (Northern California) with new primary physcian and he refers me to a urologist.

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@kmerten

My husband has been told about a month ago about his biopsy it’s t2a and 3×3 gleason scale, we also have been researching brachytherapy, our first appt. is next week to find out more about it…. I have soooo many questions, and can’t seem to find the answers, hoping this is the right choice for us..

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If you don’t mind me asking , I am wondering your age. My husband is 53, and it seems that the more I read, the younger men are with prostate issues. I am still very nervous of our appt. on Dec. 1. It’s like starting over again with a new dr, and I might add that he has had a prevous heartattack , the 4yr aniversary of that is Dec. 30th . I just hope that doesn’t complicate anything….I guess it’s said if it’s not one thing it’s another…. 🙁 I will let you know more after our consult.

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