What is the difference between proton radiarion and "traditional" radiation, and is proton therapy sutable for all prostate cancer patients?
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@mamarina: Thank you. I will follow up with him or another doctor there that may do prostate procedures on the MRIdian.
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They do mrgrt proton for prostate. However, there are 2 other Drs at MCI that specialize in prostate not dr Chuong
@mamarina : I just emailed Dr. Chuong over the weekend to introduce myself for possible treatment. Has he done many prostates on the MRIdian machine?
I am not sure on the prostates. I have pancreatic. But I do know they do various cancers i am scheduled to talk to him Thursday afternoon , I can ask if you dont hear from him before hand
What is MRIdian radiotherapy? Who offers this program?
Hook4fishes: here is the link to viewray, the company that makes the MRIdian. They have a list of places that have the machine. I heard MD Andersen also recently bought one. https://viewray.com/mridian-treatment-centers/?_sfm_location=United%20States
After researching, as a layman, the many radiation treatments, it came down to Proton or the MRIdian radiotherapy. I also spoke with oncologists who have used both. My “feel” was that the MRIdian was a better fit for me as, in terms of protecting healthy tissue, if you can see it you have a better chance to treat it. it is a real time MRI attached to a radiation machine. Second, the machine automatically stops if the radiation goes outside the target mapping parameters. Third, the target map PLUS the margins they add to limit the radiation to protect healthy tissue is narrower with the MRIdian than proton so it supposedly reduces the amount of radiation hitting healthy tissue. I was also told to have spaceoar gel inserted which adds about 1/2 inch space between the rectum and the prostate.
Mri guided proton radiation. Liniac. My dr is dr michael chuong. Miami cancer institute he has written a few articles
I want to add that a proton beam can miss spots of cancer. It did so in my case. I have now metastasized to stage four. In retrospect a little more damage might’ve been worth it to have gotten rid of cancer in the early stages. Proton beam is better and is more accurate, but if they miss a couple cancer cells and it starts all over again? What the hell? All you bought was a couple of years.
what is the most advanced form of photon therapy that you're referring to?
What i had was latest and not readily available everywhere most proton is ct guided. Mine was mri guided it targets just tumor with high dose rads mine was 5 day its only been used for 6 years so clinical results are not available but my dr has seen good results with survival a few years so far
Mine shrunk a bit from my smv vein and now surgeons say they may be able to do surgery. But Im afraid and trying to decide ..
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