Initial study lead my wife and I to Loma Linda where, to my belief, a mistake was made. With a Gleason Score of 9, I should have been given the combo pack: proton beam AND radiation. [Perhaps adjuvant ADT (Androgen Deprivation Therapy) might have been in order.] I got the beam only and a year later, PSA started up again.
Since then, I've had it all: rapid arc radiation for lymph nodes, Lupron shots, various chemotherapy drugs, Provenge, and as of two days ago, Abiraterone.
My PSA is now 1,163.0 ng/ml so I'm hoping this does the trick and PSA starts down. XL184 is the next magic drug up for testing.
Were I to discover I had prostate cancer today, I would head straight for the RapidArc 360 degree radiation machine - just as 'on target' as proton beam treatment with none of the time consuming prep, it blanked my lympies perfectly.
Bruce's wife mailed us to say:
Bruce died on August 13, 2011. I am sorry he cannot help, and endlessly sorry that he died.