My DAD also... Please, please help ! 
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 My DAD also... Please, please help !

Hello,

Two weeks ago my dad (67 years old) got results of PSA test: 11,5
Last one test was year ago and was about 7 and doctor said it was good for
his age.
Now doctor made biopsy test and results were:
cytology: - good (no cancer)
morphology: - BAD.
So, looks like he had prostate cancer. We live in Russia (small provincial
town) and have no good information about correct ways of treatment. So,
please, can anybody give advice
about good options of cure ? As far as I have found, main options are:
- radical surgery (delete prostate at all)
- radiotherapy
- hormonotherapy

I not think what my dad will survive after radical surgery. I have listened,
what it is very hard surgery with high mortality. Aslo his age and health
conditions make me think so. So, looks like it's not an option for us.

What to do ? Hormonetherapy ? Radiotherapy ? Another options  ? (Which ?)
What can be better ? What are hormon {*filter*} ? And, please, what are prices in
US ? I have asked about Zolodex, but looks like nobody hear about it in
Russia :-(

Sorry for so much questions, but I have no information and prognosis...

Any help will be really appreciated !!!

Michael Vasilyev



Wed, 02 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 My DAD also... Please, please help !
Unfortunately, in Russia your options are limited.

If your father's overall health is very poor then it may be advisable to do
nothing. This was true for my own father who died from heart disease rather
than his prostate cancer.

If his health is somewhat poor but he still is doing well, then a simple
orchiectomy (removal of the {*filter*}) may be the best, and most cost
effective, treatment.

Radiotherapy, if available, may be appropriate. However, sources of
radiotherapy in Russia are limited and expensive.

Good luck,

You may want to visit my web site:

www.radiation-oncology.com

Lawrence Berk


Quote:
>Hello,

>Two weeks ago my dad (67 years old) got results of PSA test: 11,5
>Last one test was year ago and was about 7 and doctor said it was good for
>his age.
>Now doctor made biopsy test and results were:
>cytology: - good (no cancer)
>morphology: - BAD.
>So, looks like he had prostate cancer. We live in Russia (small provincial
>town) and have no good information about correct ways of treatment. So,
>please, can anybody give advice
>about good options of cure ? As far as I have found, main options are:
>- radical surgery (delete prostate at all)
>- radiotherapy
>- hormonotherapy

>I not think what my dad will survive after radical surgery. I have
listened,
>what it is very hard surgery with high mortality. Aslo his age and health
>conditions make me think so. So, looks like it's not an option for us.

>What to do ? Hormonetherapy ? Radiotherapy ? Another options  ? (Which ?)
>What can be better ? What are hormon {*filter*} ? And, please, what are prices
in
>US ? I have asked about Zolodex, but looks like nobody hear about it in
>Russia :-(

>Sorry for so much questions, but I have no information and prognosis...

>Any help will be really appreciated !!!

>Michael Vasilyev




Thu, 03 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 My DAD also... Please, please help !

Michael,

I am 67 years old.  In Dec. '96 I had a PSA reading of 10.7, followed by a
biopsy which proved a very high grade cancer was present.  After a year of
study and a big change in my diet (lots of fruits & vegetables and low fat) I
decided on the following program.

In Jan '98 we started hormomal therapy.  After 3 months we started 7 weeks of
daily external beam radiation therapy, continuing with the hormones through
radiation treatment, which was finished in June.  This is a new combination of
treatments which is proving very effective.  Cancer feeds on testosterone.  The
hormones prohibited the body's production of testosterone and shrinked the
prostate.  Then the radiation directed to the remaining prostate kills the
cancer cells without harming other cells.  

The only side effects were some problems with bowel leakage which is clearing
up, and diarrhea.  My last PSA reading last week is less than 0.4.  I can't
tell you anything about the costs because we belong to a type of insurance
(HMO) that does not reveal the prices.

Hope this helps.  Good luck

Vern



Thu, 03 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 
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