Day 20

Received treatment 20 this morning!

We saw the nutritionist and the doctor yesterday. Everything seems fine. I was told to expect some “red” spot on my hips. “Suntan” from the radiation. I also learned that the proton radiation goes right through the hip joint. That is why I have experienced some pain (mild) right in the hip joint.

We also heard a presentation by a radiation physicist. We learn more and more as we go along. After seeing the presentation from the physicist, I was really happy to be at Loma Linda receiving proton beam treatments rather than X-ray.

Look at these statistics:

230,000 men will be diagnosed with proctate cancer this year!
One out of six men will have prostate cancer!
More men have prostate cancer than women have breast cancer.

Early detection and action produces the best cure rates.

PSA alone doesn’t tell you anything.
PSA acceleration is more helpful.
PSA + DRE is even better and a must for men 45+
Biopsy is a must for high PSA, an accelerating PSA, and /or a positive DRE

I care about you and your prostate health! That is why I have included the above statistics and the following information in this posting. You may need this information later or you may know a man that has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

We are learning more and more about the long term results and the side effects of various treatments. We see men first hand that have had other treatments, their cancer has returned, and they are at Loma Linda for salvage treatment.

As I learn more, research more, and talk to more men, I am beginning to wonder why anyone would choose RRP (radical prostatecomy). It is the most highly touted but I think that is because almost any surgeon can do the procedure with training and hospital previledges. In addition, it now costs about $100M to put in a proton beam radiation system, even so, MD Anderson will have one up and running in about a year!

RRP is basically useless if the cancer has escaped the prostate, and if it is contained, proton radiation is best and X-ray next best both for long term results, long term side effects, and quality of life afterwards.

For just a quick bit of research, click here and look at Table 10.

The Univ. of PA doesn’t have a proton treatment center but they have researched proton treatments and punlished three reports. One covers how proton treatments work, one covers the history of proton treatments, and the last is the article above that compares proton treatment with X-rays and RRP.

If you have anny questions I would be happy to respond.

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