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Barry Schneider and Laynie live in Massachusetts, USA. He was 60 when he was diagnosed in November, 2008. His initial PSA was 5.00 ng/ml, his Gleason Score was 6, and he was staged T1c. His choice of treatment was External Beam Radiation (Other). Here is his story.

For the last two years when I would have my physical my PSA reading would vary from 3.2-5.9. It was like a yo-yo. I take medicine to dissolve kidney stones so sometimes it was thought that I had a mild kidney stone infection which would throw off my PSA score!

Finally my urologist and I decided to do a biopsy. I must tell you that when the doctor tells you that you have prostate cancer, you slump in your seat telling yourself the end of your life is near. The is a common feeling that we all get with this drastic news! Don't go crazy! Use the web to do research about different techniques. I choose a new technique for beam radiation with a new targeting method with accuracy of 1-2 millimeters of spilling beyond the target producing little if any bi-lateral damage. I have found that the side affects during the treatment are minimal (frequent bowel movements and urination). Both of theses side effects can be easily control by modifying diet and simple medications.

I have two more weeks left of treatments and I am done. My doctors expect that I should totally eliminate the cancer, based on the fact that we found it early and it is a small amount. I would be happy to help, recommend, advise anyone looking for guidance or counselling in this area.

Barry Schneider

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March 2010

In what may be the shortest Update ever Barry gives his PSA as 3.4.

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April 2011

Barry is now 62 and his current PSA is 1.52. He says: I highly recommend IGRT-A targeted radiation treatment! Treatment will not change any routines that you have, whether it is work related or athletic related. It is just plain fantastic!!!

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April 2012

My PSA seems to have stabilized to 1.5. I used Targeted beam radiation and highly recommend it. During your treatments, plan on doing all your normal activities! You will not be tired or have any side affects. General Patreaus had this same treatment about 4 or 5 months after me. I highly recommend this treatment. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Good luck, BarryS

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July 2012

All is good, PSA has stayed at 1.5 for several years. I am pleased with treatment!

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November 2012

Doing great. Glad I chose this treatment. Please free to contact me with any questions, as I know that being diagnosed with prostate cancer is a very scary and confusing thing. I will be happy to make you feel better about making a good choice.

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November 2012

As of November 5, 2012, my PSA is 1.08

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November 2013

Just completed my yearly PSA test for Nov 2013. PSA keeps dropping. Latest PSA is .84 as of Nov 2013 :-).

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January 2015

Life is good! Currently 66 years old, and enjoying life, and all it's pleasures!

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January 2015

In great health!!! :-)

Current PSA for 2014 is 0.95

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February 2016

Currently, I am 67 years old. My PSA is .85. My doctors have said that I am cancer free. Life is good! The treatment was easy, did not interfere with work, and the treatment never rendered me tired, or did I have any unusual side effects.

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March 2017

I am cancer free, and enjoying life to the fullest! :-)

Barry's e-mail address is: barry AT berlinphotography.com (replace "AT" with "@")


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