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Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-14-2012, 07:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,734
Posted By harpman
Re: prostate treatment stinks, even a decade later

Tall Allen,
Dr. Lee noted that further analysis indicated that patients who also received hormone therapy as well as proton, higher Gleason scores, were older when treated, and/or were more years...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-14-2012, 01:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,734
Posted By harpman
Re: prostate treatment stinks, even a decade later

Tall Allen,
I can only go by my experience then and the fact that numerous Proton Centers are being built to treat prostate and other cancers in the US and around the world. A recent study was...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-14-2012, 01:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,633
Posted By harpman
Re: A little concerned

NavyChief,
Talk to everyone but make sure you talk to someone at the Proton Center. Side effects from surgery are immediate and significant for many people while Proton has fewer side effects than...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-13-2012, 06:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,074
Posted By harpman
Re: Wondering what to do

sgodwin,
Check out Proton Therapy. Loma Linda and MD Anderson are good places to start and both have informative user groups. Highest cure rates, lowest side effects rate - you will hear lot's of...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-13-2012, 03:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,734
Posted By harpman
Re: prostate treatment stinks, even a decade later

chris134711,
I came from Canada at the end of 2009 to be treated at Loma Linda using Proton Beam Therapy for salvage after a failed RP in 2001. James M. Slater M.D. Proton Center has been using all...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-12-2012, 08:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,734
Posted By harpman
Re: prostate treatment stinks, even a decade later

chris134711,
Your story is a great example of why men should carefully consider Proton Beam Therapy. Sorry to hear of your trouble.
Good luck,
Bob
Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-03-2012, 10:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,633
Posted By harpman
Re: A little concerned

NavyChief,
MDAnderson has one of the leading most modern Proton Centers. You are in luck.
Bob
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-29-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,633
Posted By harpman
Re: A little concerned

NavyChief,
Once again consider Proton. Non-invasive, high cure rate, and lowest rate of side effects.
Bob
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-23-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By harpman
Re: Cryosurgery Advice

Tall Allen,
Right. The SRT didn't twig when I read your posting and I would be doing the same thing as your friend. I'll just mention the article I read entitled, "Prostate Cancer: Curcumin Curbs...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-23-2012, 03:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By harpman
Re: Cryosurgery Advice

Tall Allen,
I have read that for patients whose PSA reaches 2.0 after surgery the results are dismal and that the sooner the better you have Radiation Therapy for salvage. The article I read was...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-22-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,542
Posted By harpman
Re: New diagnosis, age 48 no symptoms

Mia99,
Concerning supplements, I recently read a news report with the heading, "Prostate Cancer: Curcumin Curbs Metastases, Study Shows" and another with the heading, "Increased Flavonoid Intake...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-22-2012, 04:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By harpman
Re: Cryosurgery Advice

landcrab47,
My surgery failed with my PSA finally reaching 0.5. I went to Loma Linda University Medical Center and had salvage using Proton Therapy. PSA 0.01 after 2.5 years and no side effects....
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-22-2012, 04:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,633
Posted By harpman
Re: A little concerned

NavyChief,
My Urologist told me this at my first examination after which he ordered a biopsy, "A small prostate and a high PSA are often a bad sign". My prostate was small and my PSA was 3.95 and...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-18-2012, 09:00 PM
Replies: 33
Pca
Views: 4,253
Posted By harpman
re: Pca

RJV,
For your information Loma Linda University Center recommends a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. That is fruit, vegetables, whole grain products, nuts, seeds, legumes, eggs, cheese, yogurt, and milk....
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-18-2012, 08:44 PM
Replies: 33
Pca
Views: 4,253
Posted By harpman
re: Pca

RJV,
I recently read an article entitled, "Prostate Cancer: Curcumin Curbs Metastases, Study Shows" which mentioned that they intended to do a clinical trial. As for side effects from radiation...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-18-2012, 04:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,140
Posted By harpman
Re: Change in bowel movements and pain 2 months post surgery

sseebach,
Get to a doctor quickly and rule out infection which could have devastating results.
Bob
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-18-2012, 04:02 PM
Replies: 33
Pca
Views: 4,253
Posted By harpman
Re: Looking for alternatives.

RJV,
I was 53 PSA 3.95, Gleason 7 when I had my RP surgery and the cancer was already outside the prostate so it seems to me that men older, with higher PSA, and higher Gleason grade might be wise...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-08-2012, 01:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,633
Posted By harpman
Re: A little concerned

NavyChief,
I don't really understand why you would stop listening to the doctor when he told you he would need to do a biopsy as it is just about always done if the doctor has doubt. It sounds like...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-07-2012, 01:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 978
Posted By harpman
Re: proton radiation treaments

phoenix752,
I suffered some ED following RP surgery in 2001 but after 7 years I was basically back to normal but my PSA was rising. My doctor suggested taking Avodart to slow the progression of the...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-07-2012, 01:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 978
Posted By harpman
Re: proton radiation treaments

phoenix752,
I suffered some ED following RP surgery in 2001 but after 7 years I was basically back to normal but my PSA was rising. My doctor suggested taking Avodart to slow the progression of the...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-07-2012, 01:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,105
Posted By harpman
Re: Leaning towards proton treatment any advice

phoenix752,
I think I read in the BOB newsletter that only 0.8% of Prostate Cancer patients are treated with Protons but this will increase as more facilities come online. 10 currently operating in...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-07-2012, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,663
Posted By harpman
Re: radiation and hormone therapy after RP

nevergivenup,
I also had a failed RP and I chose Proton Therapy for salvage in Dec 2009. My PSA was approximately 0.5 and I have had a good outcome with Proton, PSA 0.01 so far with no side...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-07-2012, 09:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,663
Posted By harpman
Re: radiation and hormone therapy after RP

nevergivenup,
I also had a failed RP and I chose Proton Therapy for salvage in Dec 2009. My PSA was approximately 0.5 and I have had a good outcome with Proton, PSA 0.01 so far with no side...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-07-2012, 08:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,105
Posted By harpman
Re: Leaning towards proton treatment any advice

phoenix752,
I had Proton Therapy at Loma Linda in 2009 after a failed surgery in Canada. I am sure that I am cured with no side effects and wish that I had been treated there first. They do have...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-24-2012, 08:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,454
Posted By harpman
Re: elevated PSA after TES treatment

sehat3,
That's interesting. If you had a biopsy it is not guaranteed that it will clear up your situation. I've talked to some men who went through several biopsies before one showed a positive...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-23-2012, 09:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 694
Posted By harpman
Cocoa Flavanols... angiogenic cells

This may be of interest to men undergoing hormone or radiation therapy. I read this article on cocoa flavanols:
University of California - San Francisco (2010, July 6). Cocoa flavanols improve...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-23-2012, 06:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,968
Posted By harpman
Re: PSA decrease of 54% in 17 days

04chris,
I don't know about the chemistry involved in your regimen or the efficacy but I will suggest that you immediately make an appointment at a Radiation Treatment facility. Loma Linda is the...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-23-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 33
Pca
Views: 4,253
Posted By harpman
re: Pca

RJV,
I have found that it is best to request information over the phone as opposed to filling in an internet form for whatever reason. I have found this to be the case at every institution I...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-23-2012, 12:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,698
Posted By harpman
Re: Active Surviellance - viable option now?

Tall Allen,
These are important points to bring up with any treatment. Go to the source if possible. 2004 studies don't necessarily reflect the situation today especially when you take into...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-23-2012, 10:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,698
Posted By harpman
Re: Active Surviellance - viable option now?

Akai,


The studies that you refer to are basically comparing apples to oranges and do not accurately assess Proton Therapy.
Bob
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-22-2012, 10:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,698
Posted By harpman
Re: Active Surviellance - viable option now?

pkretz,
Read "You Can Beat Prostate Cancer: And You Don't Need Surgery to Do It by Robert J. Marckini" or "PROTONS versus Prostate Cancer: EXPOSED". Not every doctor is a proponent of active...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-22-2012, 07:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,633
Posted By harpman
Re: A little concerned

NavyChief,
You have one of the leading cancer treatment centers in the world at MD Anderson in Houston. Check out their Proton Therapy Center for most modern treatment with extremely high cure...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-22-2012, 07:28 PM
Replies: 33
Pca
Views: 4,253
Posted By harpman
re: Pca

RJV,
I suggest that before you agree to radiation treatment in Vancouver that you research Proton Therapy. I live in Kamloops and rejected radiation treatment at the BC Cancer Centre in Kelowna and...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-19-2012, 06:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,454
Posted By harpman
Re: elevated PSA after TES treatment

sehat3,
My father had testosterone treatment. I didn't know much about enlarged prostates or anything at all about prostate cancer at that time but I realize now that he was exhibiting all the...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-19-2012, 12:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,454
Posted By harpman
Re: elevated PSA after TES treatment

sehat3,
Be aware that Proscar or Avodart will most likely affect your sexual function perhaps permanently. If that is a concern then I would go with the biopsy.
Bob
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-19-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 30,906
Posted By harpman
Re: PSA 49 Gleason 8-10

Brendak329,
Sorry to hear that you guys are having a tough go of it. As I understand it Dan's bone scan was clean but there was some lymph node involvement in the pelvic area. Are there any plans...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 07-03-2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,854
Posted By harpman
Re: In complete shock

ard,
Once again I suggest you have a consultation at a Proton Center. Loma Linda is not that far away.
Bob
Board: Cancer: Prostate 06-23-2012, 01:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 397
Posted By harpman
Re: Prostate Cancer at 37yrs old, looking for opinions

chessplayer1,
Your story is almost the same as mine. RP surgery Sep 01, PSA 3.95 nine months before surgery, recurrence after eighteen months, and PSA rising to approx. 0.5 after eight years. I...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 06-21-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,854
Posted By harpman
Re: In complete shock

ard,
I don't understand what your doctor is talking about concerning Proton Therapy regarding research procedures. Proton Beam Therapy is an established cutting edge treatment for Prostate Cancer...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 06-20-2012, 01:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,854
Posted By harpman
Re: In complete shock

ard,
I read an article concerning a study done by Dr. Kevin Slawin concerning salvage radiotherapy for recurrent prostate cancer. This study suggests to me that it would be very helpful to you if...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 06-18-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,384
Posted By harpman
Re: I'm so scared

Lizcap,
It's always a shock to be diagnosed even if you are expecting it but it's important to take charge of your treatment. Investigate all the treatments and make sure that Proton Therapy is one...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 06-18-2012, 08:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 978
Posted By harpman
Re: proton radiation treaments

DAKOTA BILL,
During my Proton treatment it was suggested to me that I take Daily Cialis to promote blood flow to the nerves which I have done. So far so good.
Bob
Board: Cancer: Prostate 06-18-2012, 08:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,854
Posted By harpman
Re: In complete shock

ard,
Consider Proton Therapy. I had Proton salvage at Loma Linda and highly recommend that you investigate it. I think that I'm in the clear without side effects from my Proton treatment.
Bob
Board: Cancer: Prostate 06-18-2012, 08:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,234
Posted By harpman
Re: PSA: Active Surveillance - or 2nd Opinion?

CowboySailor,
Do your due diligence concerning Cryoablation as I've read that there is a problem with side effects such as incontinence and impotence caused by freezing the nerve bundle. I believe...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 05-31-2012, 11:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 18,035
Posted By harpman
Re: Prostate Cancer at 37yrs old, looking for opinions

KO37,
I drove from British Columbia to Loma Linda for Proton. It's been over two years since I finished therapy and everything has been great. For a younger guy the greatly reduced side effects...
Board: Sexual Health - Men 05-22-2012, 11:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 330
Posted By harpman
Re: after prostate surgery: Dry Orgasm

Dakota,
I used Viagra for a few years but I suffered from intense nasal congestion and flushing whenever I took it. So I started using a decongestant pill plus a nasal spray whenever I took a dose....
Board: Cancer: Prostate 05-16-2012, 09:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,929
Posted By harpman
Re: PSA rising 1.0 over 3 months

threelion,
It's a warning flag so don't let it slide. If you do need to seek treatment investigate all treatments especially my favourite, Protons.
Bob
Board: Sexual Health - Men 05-16-2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 38,462
Posted By harpman
Re: after prostate surgery: Dry Orgasm

thepineman,
I didn't have my sems out in 2001 and I recurred 18 months later. With my PSA rising 8 years later and my Urologist advising me not to seek further treatment I left the Canadian...
Board: Sexual Health - Men 05-14-2012, 10:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 38,462
Posted By harpman
Re: after prostate surgery: Dry Orgasm

When you have your prostate removed usually the seminal vesicles are taken along with the prostate. In any case you are disconnected and it is physically impossible to have an ejaculation.
Board: Cancer: Prostate 05-13-2012, 01:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,498
Posted By harpman
Re: Hifu failure then Salvage Radiation

randi52,
I had salvage treatment using Proton Beam Therapy at Loma Linda finishing at the end of Jan 2010. PSA is 0.01 the last three tests so I confident and hopeful that I am finished with...
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