Two Years Since PCa

I was diagnosed with PCa in April 2017. I had 2 biopsies, A TRUS and a MRI-Guided biopsy. My Gleason score was 4+3=7. % positive cores 16% (2/12). My PSA score prior to biopsy was 6.87. I elected to have treatment because of the Gleason score of 4+3 =7. The PCa had not escaped the capsule, so I chose EBRT (External beam radiotherapy). Prior to the treatment I had my biopsy remains sent for genetic testing to find out the aggressive/non-aggressiveness of my PCa. It came back middle range. My treatment consisted of 43 fractions of radiation. After 2 years I am doing well, with tolerable side effects.

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  • ninaw moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Fantastic to hear you had a good team, @Dodger. In our surveys, feelings are usually pretty positive about the healthcare team, but we’ve also heard some horror stories. Appreciate having you here to provide your perspective! I wanted to let you know that a good place to look for conversations with other members is also here on the community page: https://prostatecancer.net/community/. Best to you! – Nina, ProstateCancer.net Team

  • Richard Faust moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Hi Dodger. Glad to hear you are doing well. What type of External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) did you choose? For anyone interested in more information, this article on radiation therapy discusses the different types of EBRT: https://prostatecancer.net/treatment/radiation-therapy/. Best to you. Richard (ProstateCancer.net Team)

  • Dodger author
    2 weeks ago

    I went to treatment 5 days a week until 43 fractions were completed.

  • Dodger author
    2 weeks ago

    No options were given to protect surrounding organs.Although precautionary methods were used to protect them.The team that gave me treatment were very tolerant and caring.

  • ninaw moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Thanks for elaborating, @Dodger. I’m curious if you used or were given the option of any gel to protect the surrounding organs like SpaceOar? We’ve heard community members mention it. I’m glad your side effects are tolerable although of course I wish you didn’t have any! Really interesting to hear you had genetic testing on your tumor. This seems to be a newer option and good to know it was a possibility for you. – Nina, ProstateCancer.net Team

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