Advanced Prostate Cancer

Radiation Needed 5 Years After Surgery

 Radiation Needed 5 Years After Surgery

Over the past 5 years following the surgical removal of my prostate thanks to Mr Robot I saw a slow rising PSA. My docs are telling me it is best to attack it before my PSA rises to over 0.2 So beginning next week I will begin the advised 40 treatment protocol combined with a 6 month Lupron that was administered 3 weeks ago. Also decided to video my experience and will post. Hope my experience will help other men facing a reoccurrence. Feel free to reach out here or at pcaaware.org

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You have an excellent chance of being cured, it may just be in your prostate bed.

Rich

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I'm exactly where you are - radical in 2002 - clear for 12 years, then, slowly rising PSA for three years, and it hit .2 in December. I began the first four of 40 radiation treatments last Tuesday. I wish you luck...and, me, as well.

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Burnett1948.PCAware.I was told I could't have Radiation again after having Salvage Radiation in 2009 after my PSA rose to .4 on my Pelvic area . I now understand that I must have had tumors outside my Pelvic area because now my PSA is 2 August 2017. Because Doctors still don't have any way of telling where my tumors are I did't think radiation could be an option for me. Hopefully the new technology of PSMA PET will change this. Any comments?

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Yes after radiation you cannot have it again. ADT looks like your best bet. But im not a doctor. Finding exactly where the tumors are with a pet scan sould be helpful.

Thomas

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If your PSA is now 2, a C11cholineCT/PET scan should be able to find any active cancer lesions. Any of the 3 Mayo clinics can provide this. You would need either private insurance or a Medicare Advantage plan to cover as the cost without insurance is around $16,000 and Mayo does not accept Medicare as it does not cover the high cost.

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Don't forget to smile....

Good Luck and Good Health.

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Burnett1948 - I am in a similar situation and going for a Ga68-PSMA-PET-CT next month to determine just where the biochemical recurrence is happening at this point. Then I will get together with my GU Med Onc and come up with a plan of action. There is an Auxumen scan that is covered by Medicare insurance but it is not as accurate at the Gallium 68 which is still in trials, but available in trials at a number of locations. Good luck

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Where do they focus the radiation? Have you had any scans to determine this?

Or just blindly in the "pelvic" area..

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