PSA numbers: Questions about new treatments

Posted by marko1 @marko1, Aug 27, 2019

This is for anyone that can answer questions on the different treatments of prostate cancer
I have spoken with radiologist oncologist about the radiation treatments about the radiation , treatment with seeds ,radical removal
And freezing the prostate cryo-Genex type thing
Why question to the clinic mayo clinic is already new treatments that aren’t so destructive to the prostate all treatments I’ve read about destroyed the prostate why can’t we just kill the cells in the tumor within the prostate before it spreads that way we can save more than just the prostate mentally

Anyone have any suggestions new trials new treatments I don’t know what to do about those numbers are low but biopsy showed Gleason score of three 6’s and a 7
Yes I’m looking to see if there’s any positive treatments coming down the pike I would love to be involved in it thank you

@stoney

I would like to add that after the DRE suggested an anomaly (along with the PSA of 18), it was straight to the biopsy. Here's what I would like to add, I was offered no choices of which type of biopsy I was about to receive or which one my insurance would cover(Anthem Blue Cross). My biopsy was painfully barbaric. I would have asked to have anesthesia if I had known I could have. If there is a painless MRI out there, take it or at least ask about your options.

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Thanks man. This is all scary to me . Never had any health issues before this. Was an athlete in high school & college I am still in good shape except for this latest PSA test of 18. Trying to find a good urologist Lancaster/Reading Pa. area that could see me before my scheduled end of November appointment.

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I don't know which system you're in but these guys are specialists. https://www.urologycp.com

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Thanks gonna call them tomorrow. Do you know of anybody that was treated there ?

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Sorry, I don't have any examples. I searched Pennsylvania for urological specialists specific to your area and these guys popped up. I know, it's not really much to go off of but I'd trust a medical facility that specializes in prostate surgery vs a generic clinic that has a urologist on staff. I hope they're in your insurance network. Good luck and keep 'er movin'.

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@stoney

Sorry, I don't have any examples. I searched Pennsylvania for urological specialists specific to your area and these guys popped up. I know, it's not really much to go off of but I'd trust a medical facility that specializes in prostate surgery vs a generic clinic that has a urologist on staff. I hope they're in your insurance network. Good luck and keep 'er movin'.

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I appreciate that very much . Were checking to make sure they take our insurance. Thank you very much. Scary times for me

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I got to say, anxiety is the worse. You confront your mortality and yes, you're going to cry a little. Why me? If athletics has taught you anything, stay tough, stay in shape (it will help diffuse your anxiety), and eat right. All of these things are in YOUR control and will pay dividends after your prescribed treatment. Try not to worry and pick a good team of experts to care for your condition (don't settle because of location or convenience) This is YOUR life, fight for it!

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@stoney

I got to say, anxiety is the worse. You confront your mortality and yes, you're going to cry a little. Why me? If athletics has taught you anything, stay tough, stay in shape (it will help diffuse your anxiety), and eat right. All of these things are in YOUR control and will pay dividends after your prescribed treatment. Try not to worry and pick a good team of experts to care for your condition (don't settle because of location or convenience) This is YOUR life, fight for it!

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If you'd like to talk at any time, you can send me a friend request at Jim Guild on Facebook or send me a private message here on Connect.

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@stoney

If you'd like to talk at any time, you can send me a friend request at Jim Guild on Facebook or send me a private message here on Connect.

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Thanks I did the Facebook. There are a couple Jim’s. Where are you from

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I just watched the Q and A on prostrate cancer from Mayo Clinic posted on Oct. 3. It has a lot of useful information about psa testing, biopsies, treatment options, side effects, and reoccurring cancer. I wish I had seen this video when I was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. I discovered that my local urologist didn't use the most current procedures in my diagnosis. It reinforced my decision to seek out a research hospital like Mayo to pursue my treatment. They followed some procedures in my diagnosis that my local doctor left out.
My Mayo radiation oncologist also used a treatment that included proton beam radiation with Antigen Deprivation Therapy that increased my survival chances by 20% over just radiation. By the way, you can go on the American Medical Association web site and register as a patient and access their reports on prostrate cancer. I used the site to verify my radiation oncologist's treatment choice. Unfortunately, the report indicates that many doctors don't use that treatment option for advanced forms of my cancer (Gleason score of 8+).
I think my anxiety level would've been a lot lower, if I had known that the medical staff were using the most recent knowledge to determine If I had cancer and it's extent. Also, what are the factors that determine the best treatment option.
The two main take aways I got from the Q and A were have an MRI before having a biopsy. It will not only tell if you have cancer, but also focus the biopsy. The second was the difference in the treatment based on age. My radiation treatment was appropriate for my age (73), but if I was younger, surgery would've been more appropriate.

Hope this is helpful.

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I used Focal Laser Ablation see Dr Sperling – Sperling Prostate Center in Florida.

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@waynen

I just watched the Q and A on prostrate cancer from Mayo Clinic posted on Oct. 3. It has a lot of useful information about psa testing, biopsies, treatment options, side effects, and reoccurring cancer. I wish I had seen this video when I was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. I discovered that my local urologist didn't use the most current procedures in my diagnosis. It reinforced my decision to seek out a research hospital like Mayo to pursue my treatment. They followed some procedures in my diagnosis that my local doctor left out.
My Mayo radiation oncologist also used a treatment that included proton beam radiation with Antigen Deprivation Therapy that increased my survival chances by 20% over just radiation. By the way, you can go on the American Medical Association web site and register as a patient and access their reports on prostrate cancer. I used the site to verify my radiation oncologist's treatment choice. Unfortunately, the report indicates that many doctors don't use that treatment option for advanced forms of my cancer (Gleason score of 8+).
I think my anxiety level would've been a lot lower, if I had known that the medical staff were using the most recent knowledge to determine If I had cancer and it's extent. Also, what are the factors that determine the best treatment option.
The two main take aways I got from the Q and A were have an MRI before having a biopsy. It will not only tell if you have cancer, but also focus the biopsy. The second was the difference in the treatment based on age. My radiation treatment was appropriate for my age (73), but if I was younger, surgery would've been more appropriate.

Hope this is helpful.

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Thank you yes helpful

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