Welcome to my Prostate
Cancer Web Page
I have prostate cancer (PC). I was diagnosed in July, 2000 and treated in September, October, and November, 2000. I spent a great deal of time talking to doctors, researching books, researching the internet, and talking to cancer patients. I hope with this web page to pass on some of the information that I acquired to men who might become patients and those who are surviving PC patients.
I chose as my treatment ProstRcision. This treatment consists of radio active seeds implanted into the prostate followed by 7 weeks of conformal photon beam radiation. My treatment was performed at RCOG in Atlanta, GA. Their web address is: http://www.rcog.net
I Selected ProstRcision as the treatment for my prostate cancer for several reasons:
Please note that I chose ProstRcision because I felt this was the best treatment for me. My recommendation for men with PC is do your homework and educate yourself. Then choose the best treatment suited for you. Remember the best treatment is the one that you choose.
I hope my web page will help you.
Getting Correct Information
Every year 190,000 men in the United States will be newly diagnosed with prostate cancer (PC) and 30,000 men will die from this disease. If these statistics are sobering, imagine the fright at actually hearing a diagnosis of PC. Often accompanying that fear comes a sense of helplessness, of being out -of-control because men are suddenly confronted with something totally unknown. When men listen to their doctor, look on the internet, read books or speak to friends, the situation only worsens as they learn that much of the information available about prostate cancer, especially about treatment, is conflicting and frequently inaccurate.
Doctors often disagree on which treatment they believe is the most effective for PC. Typically, if you go to a urologist, that doctor will recommend a radical prostatectomy. And, if you see a radiation oncologist, that doctor will recommend some type of radiotherapy. Because of this confusion, men with PC, plus their families, need to be part of the decision-making process for treatment of this disease. In fact, the choice of treatment is one of the most important decisions a man will make during his lifetime.
Prostate, Seminal Vesicle, and Cancerous Tumor
The cure of PC is dependent on three things:
link provides a table of cure rates, evaluating your cancer,
Test Reduces Prostate Cancer Deaths by 40%
|Cancer Update from John Hopkins Hospital|
|RC Cancer Centers|
|Centerwatch Clinical Trials Listing Service|
|Medline (National Library of Medicine)|
|NCI's Cancer Trials|
|A Guide to Fighting Prostate Cancer|
|Burzynski Clinic Houston Texas|
|Burzynski Clinic Patient Group Houston Texas|
|Facing Prostate Cancer, But How? New York Times|
|Phoenix5 Prostate Cancer Website Robert Young|
|Prostate Cancer Nomogram|
|Prostate Cancer USTOO Newsletters|
|A Revolutionary Approach to Prostate Cancer|
|Flax Oil & Cancer Information|
|ProstaScint Monoclonal Antibody Scan|
|Prostate Cancer Treatment Guide|
|New Cancer Treatment with HIFU Technology|
The following men are Prostate Cancer Survivors.
Please feel free to call them about any questions that you might have.
|Name||Treatment||Phone||Treatment Date||PSA 7/15/2004|
|Nelson Boudreaux||Seed Implant Plus Radiation||225-769-0152||9/1/2000||< 0.1|
|Harry Fitzgerald||Seed Implant plus Radiation||225-272-3927||9/1/2000||<0.1|
|Karl vonKnoblauch||Seed Implant plus Radiation||315-487-1344||9/1/2000||< 0.1|
|Sid Leatherwood||Seed Implant plus Radiation||901-379-1887||9/1/2000||< 0.1|
|Cecil Ranzino||Seed Implant plus Radiation||225-295-1143||8/1/2000||< 0.1|
|Len Sedlin||Surgery||225-275-8707||4/1/1997||< 0.1|
|Lamy J. Chopin||Surgery||225-665-7379||11/1/1993||< 0.1|
|Fred L. Smith||Surgery||225-291-3652||11/1/1997||< 0.1|
|Dr. Joseph Ricapito||Surgery||
|Billy Lyon||Seed Implant plus Radiation||225-926-5489||2001||<0.1|
Prostate Cancer Calculator Forecasting the Course of Disease
DENVER, CO, September 24, 2001.
This new web site can now forecast the medical
future for men with prostate disease.
The site uses online calculators and a kind of
artificial intelligence, called artificial neural networks (ANNs), to
address various prostate cancer-related conditions. The calculators
"learn" and make prognoses by comparing each patient's characteristics
with a database of information from hundreds or thousands of other
Image-Guided Prostate Cryosurgery:
State of the Art
Gary Onik, MD
Government Funding for PC
Government funding for prostate cancer research historically has been less than for other serious diseases such as breast cancer and aids. The chart below illustrates the difference in allocation of Federal research dollars.
Allocated Research Dollars for Years 1999 thru 2001
Prostate Cancer Statistics
Cancer Facts & Figures 2009 from American Cancer Society.
192,280 new cases will be diagnosed in the U. S. and 27,360 men will die of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in men.
Weak or interrupted urine flow.
Frequent urination or inability to urinate.
Difficulty starting or stopping urine flow.
Blood in the urine or burning during urination.
Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, pelvis or upper thighs.
Median age for developing disease:
Patient Advocates For Advanced Cancer Treatments. (PAACT)
This a newsletter for PC patients. It is free. Donations are accepted. It comes out 4 times per year.
PAACT was started 15 years ago by Lloyd Ney. Lloyd was not a doctor. He was a cancer patient that was given months to live after he was diagnosed with PC. He lived 15 years. When Lloyd started PAACT he was like a voice in the wilderness crying out to help his fellow man. The challenges were many and there was a great deal of opposition from much of the medical community to this brazen individual who dared to challenge the establishment and empower the patients with knowledge that up to then, was considered the domain of the physicians. Though his perseverance and dedication to the task of trying to understand the disease and help his fellow man, Lloyd established PAACT in 1984. His was the only newsletter published at that time by a patient for other PC patients that was made available to anyone.
The Address is:
|Patient Advocates For Advanced Cancer Treatments, Inc.|
|PO Box 141695|
|Grand Rapids, MI 49514|
|Phone: (616) 453-1477|
"The Best Options for Diagnosing &
Treating Prostate Cancer"
"Man to Man"
Castration by Santiago Vilas, Ph.D.
I have been reading prostate cancer material for the past 3 ½ years and the book “Masculinity versus Castration” by Santiago Vilas, Ph.D. is one of the best. Dr. Vilas has presented the medical history of prostate cancer from the beginning to the present time. . He covers everything a man should know about prostate cancer. Dr. Vilas points out that a patient should educate himself first then proceed to find the best treatment. Two very important things that should be considered before a treatment is chosen, what is the cure rate and what are the side effects. Every man 40 years old and above should read this book.
Prostate Cancer is Curable by
Santiago Vilas, Ph.D.
Urinary Incontinence and Erectile Dysfunction
Prostate surgery can be a life-changing event-both emotinally and physically.
And there may be significant issues to face on your road to long-term recovery.
Two possible physical results of the surgery may be loss of bladder control
and/or erectile dysfunction (ED). There are treatments available for both
conditions. The following link takes you to one source of treatments.