Recently diagnosed with PC. After biopsy, graded at 7 Gleason, 4+3, PSA
5+ but only 5% cancer detected. Met with Radiation Oncologist after 1 hour of thorough explanation of all + and -, I am opting for the seed procedure and Dr. has approved. I'm 75 in fairly good health and want to get this over quickly.
The Dr. is very experienced and has been treating PC since 1970's. Has the very latest equipment and follows the standards of Farber, Moffet, Johns Hopkins, and Mayo cancer centers.
I'd like to hear from anyone who had this procedure and what their immediate and long term problems were AFTER the seeds were implanted.
...I'd like to hear from anyone who had this procedure and what their immediate and long term problems were AFTER the seeds were implanted.
I have not had seeds, but thought you might want to know about some resources from doctors about those questions. Dr. Michael Dattoli, a world leader in seeds and IMRT who practices in Sarasota, co-wrote an excellent book that goes over the immediate and longer term issues; it's entitled "Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery." Drs. Blasko, Sylvester and Grimm, three seed experts from Seattle, co-edited a book titled "The Prostate Cancer Treatment Book." It has fine coverage of seeds in a couple of chapters. Their center, the Prostate Cancer Treatment Center, in Seattle, has some excellent information on seeds. The Radiation Clinics of Georgia (RCOG), also has published some helpful material.
I had seeds about 20 months ago followed by 25 IMRT treatments. The procedure itself was painless, less than a biopsy. I was able to do normal activities such as work excercise ect the next day. There was about 4 weeks of urinary frequency and urgency; if you have iodine vs pladium 105 the effects may last longer due to the half life of the isotope. I never had any ED or incontinence or other side affects except about 6 weeks of prostititis at about 15 months. My psa has been 0.1 for the last two readings, down from 40.
With a G7 I would also ask your doctor about combination brachy and IMRT as it has more killing power and the margins are a bit larger.