Jan 30, 2013 - 11:27 am
53 years old. Last year has PSAs of 4, 4.1, 5.75. Biopsy in November. 3 of 12 cores, both sides, 3 of 6 locations (apparently they took 2 cores of each). 15 % of each positive core. Each 3+3=6.
Started with urologist, who is a robotic surgeon. He brought up seed therapy first, but you could tell he thinks surgery is the gold standard.
He recommended a radiation oncologist to talk about seeds. That doc is pretty confident in that therapy. In Cincinnati, the seed therapy is actually performed by two docs: the radiation oncologist does the planning, a urologist inserts.
So today I was back to a urologist, partner of the first guy, who specializes in seeds.
All the docs say success rate of any therapy (which they describe as conventional radiation, seeds, RP surgery) is 85-90 percent. Drawback of seed therapy seems to be what the backup plan would be if it happens to fail.
I am leaning toward seeds. Interested in any side effects, including whether that poses any risk to my teenage daughters.
After reading here, it seems like I owe it to myself to go visit the proton therapy center at IU-Bloomington.
Any thoughts appreciated.