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Sean H lives in Lebanon. He was 68 when he was diagnosed in May, 2012. His initial PSA was 4.80 ng/ml, his Gleason Score was 6, and he was staged T2b. His choice of treatment was Brachytherapy (Seed Implant). Here is his story.

Diagnosed as a result of a PSA test during a routine annual health check which was followed by a biopsy, MRI of pelvis and abdomen and bone scan, which established that the cancer was confined to the prostate.

None of the usual symptoms were present.

The uroligist seemed to favour surgery, although, as usual, gave me all the options and left me to decide.

Took a second opinion which confirmed the first, but provided me with more information about the various radiotherapy options available. Once again, he made no recommendation!

I am tending to favour brachytherapy - does anyone have any expereince with this?

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November 2012

Implant was carried out on 12 Sept 2012.

Suffered constipation for first week and a slight increase in frequency of urination which continues.

First PSA test will be in mid-December. So far no complaints. The side effects have been much less than I feared.

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December 2013

Fifteen months after the brachytherapy implant such side effects as I had are largely gone. Still on tamsulosin plus cialis or viagra.

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January 2015

28 months after the Brachytherapy implant, I live a life virtually the same as before. No significant side effects that affect daily life.

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April 2016

Brachytherapy in Sept 2012. PSA tests every six months sinc e then, followed by telephone consultation with doctor who carried out procedure, which will continue until 5 years after procedure.

PSA remains low and side effects have been minimal. In recent months have been able to give up using tamsulosin.

Generally verfy satisfied with the results of my choice.

Sean's e-mail address is: creative.universal@seamargroup.com


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