Prostate Cancer Very Curable

77 year old Stan Goldenberg first went to the doctor because he thought he may have a urinary tract infection .

To be on the safe side, doctors checked for prostate cancer with a PSA test.

Doctors found 15 different polyps inside his prostate and biopsies revealed 9 were malignant.

Goldenberg says, "I was scared and upset, but Dr. Dunn reassured me that this was something that was curable."

After doing doing some research and learning his options, Goldenberg took the doctors advice to have radiation treatment using image guided radiation therapy.

They mark the outer boundaries of the prostate gland with little gold chips that give the doctor the definitions of where the actual malignancies are.

Dr. Hasan Murshed says, "What this does number one, focus radiation very tightly over the prostate itself. Number two, because the bladder and rectum surround the prostate and depending on how full they are the prostate can move within the patient.

"But because we are image guided treatment we can take an x-ray of the prostate every day before treatment.

"That means pinpoint precision when sending radiation to the tumors, avoiding the tissue around the prostate.

"The benefit is, the patient has less radiation going to the bladder, and rectum with fewer side effects, but at the same time able to give a very high dose of radiation treatment with very high rate of cure."

Goldenberg states, "I had 45 trips into the radiation room and the trip over took more time than the actual treatment, about a minute and a half to zap these 9 malignancies that were there."

Today Goldenberg is cancer free.

He will have to make a trip to his urologist every 6 months for the rest of his life.

But the good news is he did get to go to the big game.

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