I suggest that you investigate proton radiation before you make a decision. It has minimal to zero side effects. Surgery often results in impotence and incontinence. Seeds may reduce this effect,but can migrate to other parts of the body. I chose proton and am happy that I did.View Thread
There was no lengthy screening process for me. My suggestion is to phone the center that you want to attend for treatment and ask what your first step is. I'm sure that they will guide you from there.View Thread
I had been monitoring my PSA ffor many years as it rose slowly. After my biopsy I decided to continue AS until my support group had a speaker who explained prostate therapy. As soon as I researched it further I decided not to wait any longer. I was 84 when I started treatment. My Medicare plus my secondary insurance paid the entire bill. My only cost was the rental of the apartment.
Best of luck with your progress. Let us know how do.
I suggest that you call the Unuversity of Florida Proton Therapy Center (see Google for phone no.) and they will send you a packet of info. I did that. Then I scheduled a 3 day visit where they ran several tests, including CT and MRI and placement of 4 gold markers in my prostate for ID during treatment. The scans are used to make a plastic mold of the prostate which is used in the cyclotron to aim the protons at the prostate. Then I was given a date for the start of treatment a few weeks later. I arranged for housing during treatment. The center was very helpful in assisting me to find housing. My treatment consisted of 39 visits to the center 5 days per week, which took about half an hour, and the rest of each day was free to do whatever. The actual radiation takes only about a minute, and there is no pain involved. The center also has group activities planned which you can join or not as you choose. My wife and I chose to attend most all of them. It's a very friendly environment, and we became friendly with several couples while there whom we still keep in contact. I hope that this answers your questions. If you have more please let me know, and maybe we can email or phone. I'm in Tennessee, BTW, and I think you said that you were in Nebraska. WaltView Thread
Most doctors don't recommend prostate therapy because they lose the business. Loma Linda has been doing this therapy for 20 years, so there is lots of data. Currently there are 9 active centers, and several more are planned or being built. I had mine done at the Univ. of FL center in Jacksonville. It was first made known to me by a speaker at our prostate support group who had been to Loma Linda. I read the book that he recommended by Bob Marckini titled "You Can Beat Prostate Cancer" which discusses the pros and cons of all of the possibilities. The speaker and the book convinced me that proton was the way to go, and I've never been disappointed. I've also talked to dozens of others who have had the same treatment, and they all are glad that they chose proton. The doctor does not perform the treatments. It is done by technicians. The doctor does the initial diagnosis to decide whether you are a candidate, and he monitors your progress. Let me know if you would like more info. If you wish we could go to email or even phone. I'm ready to help in any way I can. Happy New Year to you. WaltView Thread
I chose proton therapy 3 years ago because the side effects were minimal to zero, compared to the problems with surgery, IMRT, and seeds ( possible migration). I have had no side effects, and the treatments were like a vacation to me and my wife. I highly recommend that you investigate it before committing to anything.View Thread
I suggest that you research all of the alternatives before you decide. I did and chose proton therapy which has minimal to zero side effects. I and many others are very happy with that decision.View Thread
I didn't like what I heard about photon radiation, so I chose proton radiation, which is more precise, and two and a half years later I've had no side effects, and like many others I'm very happy for my choice.View Thread