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    I just went thru a similar process of narrowing...

    I just went thru a similar process of narrowing down the treatment options. The good news is that I had multiple options to choose from. The bad news is that I had multiple options to choose from...
  2. Sticky: I just started a 5-1/2 week EBRT course and have...

    I just started a 5-1/2 week EBRT course and have about 2 weeks under my belt. Upon starting treatment I asked both my RO and the Onology Nurse "what are the tops things I need to do to ensure a...
  3. ^^Thanks guys. It turns out that Fiducial...

    ^^Thanks guys.

    It turns out that Fiducial Placement is a piece of cake. The Dr. didn't spend much more then about 5 minutes from start to finish. After the ultrasound probe was inserted, the...
  4. Prostate Fiducial Placement - Just how bad is it???

    I just completed a prostate MRI prior to embarking on EBRT. My RO just called and told me that the MRI correlates with the biopsy samples and their are no surprises. The insertion of the colorectal...
  5. MRI prior to EBRT - Good/Bad?, SpaceOar - Good/Bad?

    I've finally chosen a RO and cancer center for EBRT. The RO wants me to start by having a prostate MRI (Endorectal coil IV Contrast). He wants to ensure there is no cancer mass that's been missed...
  6. I know it should not be a choice based on...

    I know it should not be a choice based on convenience, but so far every Dr. has indicated the cure rate among the main radiation options is about the same along with the side effects.

    Thus it's...
  7. How to pick a radiation option - any suggestions?

    I've completed meeting with my urologist and just met with an oncologist to discuss treatment next steps. I've ruled out surgery and cryo and that pretty much leaves radiation.

    The options are...
  8. Preparation for meeting with URO to discuss next steps - What would you ask??

    Guys,
    I'm preparing for my 90 minute conference with my URO in about a week to discuss Biopsy results and next steps. I'd like to send the Dr. my initial concerns/questions/etc in preparation for my...
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    Thanks, I just did

    Thanks, I just did
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    I plan to have a 90 minute meeting with the Dr....

    I plan to have a 90 minute meeting with the Dr. in 2 weeks to discuss next steps. Right now I'm trying to do my homework in order to make the meeting as productive as possible. I've read most of...
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    I'm starting to gravitate towards SBRT as a...

    I'm starting to gravitate towards SBRT as a possible treatment candidate. I understand that it can be administered via Novalis TX, CyberKnife, etc.

    All things being equal, (ie the skill and...
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    Does anyone know if Gleason 4's grow at an...

    Does anyone know if Gleason 4's grow at an accelerated rate from the lower Gleasons (ie 3's)? Or are they just further down the mutation path?

    (ie is growth rate linear or exponential based on...
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    Guys, I have a couple new questions: 1. Is...

    Guys, I have a couple new questions:

    1. Is there any correlation with Prostate size and side effects from radiation treatment? Does a smaller Protate dictate a smaller total cumulative radiation...
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    ^^^Thanks for the advise and support. The...

    ^^^Thanks for the advise and support.

    The biopsy said the Gleason 4 areas were:
    - Left medial mid (10%)
    - Right medial apex (45%)
    - Left lateral apex (10%)

    My prostate measures about 28cm. ...
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    Introduction and recent diagnosis

    This looks like great forum and I'm hear to learn.

    My name is Dave and I was just diagnosed with Prostate cancer.

    My PSA level has been increasing and my PCP referered me to a Urologist when it...
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