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Posted 07 Jul 2021 at 13:34

 I am considering next treatment steps for my 3+4 Gleason Prostate Cancer.

No symptoms at the moment but slowing increasing PSA but still below 1.0

Have been on AS for 2 1/2 years and now considering Localised HIFU treatment whilst cancer is still localised. Also this may remove cancer completely but does not preclude a second HIFU or more radical treatment in the future.

The more radical things like External Beam Therapy seem overkill and potential side effects would be worse than anything I am getting now as I have no symptoms since a TURP.

Am pretty active and want to carry on cycling etc afterwards so wonder if anyone has has had a HIFU and can share experiences.

Thanks

User
Posted 07 Jul 2021 at 13:57

Hi Chris I haven't had HIFU myself but a few members here have and I am sure they will post soon. I think you have taken a very sensible approach. If AS is suitable for you it is a very good option, you've done that for 2.5 years, but quite reasonably you think something else is now required. You have then plumped for the next least aggressive treatment.

HIFU was rarely offered on the NHS but in the last year or two that seems to be changing. Apparently you have a moderate chance of recurrence with HIFU, but I think with PCa having an attitude of I'm going to keep trying to push PCa down the line with minimal treatment, rather than I'm going to have an aggressive treatment is often a good idea.

   

Dave

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Posted 20 Sep 2021 at 19:17
I think the point Guy is that men who are suitable for HIFU have only a small amount of low grade cancer. If it was a cancer that needed to be treated radically and / or quickly, HIFU wouldn't be an option. Generally speaking, HIFU is attractive to men who have been on AS but now need to act OR AS would be suitable but the man feels anxious about whether AS is too inactive
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

User
Posted 21 Sep 2021 at 13:33

Ok. Thanks for engaging with me.

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User
Posted 07 Jul 2021 at 13:57

Hi Chris I haven't had HIFU myself but a few members here have and I am sure they will post soon. I think you have taken a very sensible approach. If AS is suitable for you it is a very good option, you've done that for 2.5 years, but quite reasonably you think something else is now required. You have then plumped for the next least aggressive treatment.

HIFU was rarely offered on the NHS but in the last year or two that seems to be changing. Apparently you have a moderate chance of recurrence with HIFU, but I think with PCa having an attitude of I'm going to keep trying to push PCa down the line with minimal treatment, rather than I'm going to have an aggressive treatment is often a good idea.

   

Dave

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Posted 07 Jul 2021 at 14:53

Also Rojeka posted on another thread

 

Hi Chris,

 

Your PSA still seems low at 1.0 and it may be a few years before you need any treatment dependent on MRI scan and biopsy etc.

 

However, I had localised therapy which has been successful and without any adverse effects. I had cryotherapy which i understand is needed for the anterior segments of the prostate and Hifu for posterior segments.

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User
Posted 08 Jul 2021 at 18:04

Hi Chris

l had a HIFU 10 months ago on the NHS at UCL hospital and was cycling within a month. I was also Gleason 3+4. Still no after effects.

Regards Bill

User
Posted 08 Jul 2021 at 20:06

Oh that is very useful information thanks, glad you seem to be able to carry on with life which is my aim at this stage in life whilst still active.

User
Posted 20 Sep 2021 at 12:54

Hi Chris 

Can I ask - When you had HIFU did you have cancerous cells in both sides of you prostate? If so were they 3/4 in both sides or were there 3/3s in both sides?

Guy

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Posted 20 Sep 2021 at 17:17
Hi

I have not had the HIFU yet. In July they told me to think about all the options and see them start of Oct. They just postponed that meeting to December so I have told them I know what I want and do not need the meeting. Therefore have just been put on HIFU waiting list.

I have confirmed 3+4 Gleason on left posterior and only a suspicious shadow but no positive samples on the right. Therefore as it is localised and I am generally in good health, other than continuing to monitor this is the only treatment I would want at this stage. Will keep the thread updated. Any questions just ask

User
Posted 20 Sep 2021 at 17:58

Thanks for replying Chris.

It interests me that there is no sense of urgency from them about getting this done - in one way or another.

Presumably they have indicated to you that your condition is stable enough to wait potentially as long as December?

I’m pretty much a similar diagnosis to you and also in general good health. I’m 62.

 

User
Posted 20 Sep 2021 at 19:17
I think the point Guy is that men who are suitable for HIFU have only a small amount of low grade cancer. If it was a cancer that needed to be treated radically and / or quickly, HIFU wouldn't be an option. Generally speaking, HIFU is attractive to men who have been on AS but now need to act OR AS would be suitable but the man feels anxious about whether AS is too inactive
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

User
Posted 20 Sep 2021 at 19:20
PS just because your score or staging is similar doesn't mean that you are in the same position. You may have significantly more cancerous cells or they could be nearer the edge or nearer the urethra... any of which could rule out AS and HIFU
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

User
Posted 20 Sep 2021 at 21:02

Yes, thank you. I’m aware of what you say. As it is I have been privately assessed as suitable for HIFU by a doctor who’s working both within and outside the NHS. I guess now I’m mainly interested in the waiting time involved in going on an NHS waiting list for HIFU versus having some other NHS treatment sometime in the near future?

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User
Posted 20 Sep 2021 at 21:32

Will let you know anything I find out. HIFU seems to have far less chance of messy complications and no actual cutting involved. I am an active cyclist and want to carry on. I could wait but who knows what will still be available on the NHS is a few years.  Also I am lucky enough to live in one of the few areas to offer the treatment. A few months ago the wait was 2 -3 months so I will wait and see.

 

I am 65 and cancer is localised as per MRI earlier this year so each case is looked at individually and seems we are both suitable candidates.

 

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User
Posted 21 Sep 2021 at 07:43

Thanks Chris.

3 months might be a long time for me, or so I’m advised. I was talking to a consultant about how long I could leave getting some kind of treatment done and he said in my case, though there’s no real urgency, he thought 3 months was stretching the boundary.

What region do you live in may I ask?

User
Posted 21 Sep 2021 at 07:46

Near Southampton - Consultant for HIFU is [Doctors name removed by moderator] who seems to be very prominent in this treatment. Hope you can get something within an acceptable window as your timeline seems to be tighter than mine.

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User
Posted 21 Sep 2021 at 08:05

Thanks.

(I think they may delete his name from your post), but interestingly  I have met him and he it was who assessed me as suitable for HIFU.

I understand that to be eligible for treatment there you need to be part of a clinical trial, is that right?

And also you need to be willing to accept their decision to put you on either HIFU or on Surgery, which is dependant partly upon chance? This is because their trial is around comparing the outcomes of HIFU v Surgery in patients of similar early stage or intermediate diagnosis and for the trial to be unbiased they can’t cherry pick those they deem would be most likely to benefit from one treatment or the other, so they have to choose who gets what  randomly.

Or am I wrong and if you want HIFU then that’s what you get?

User
Posted 21 Sep 2021 at 09:25

No I am not part of a trial. I was given the choice to consider of No action/HIFU/ One of 2 chemo radiotherapy treatments or a prostatectomy. I had 3 months to think about it and after loads of reading decided to have a go at getting rid of the cancer knowing other options are not precluded in the future. Having decided then they have placed me on a waiting list. As far as I can see it was purely a clinical choice for me to make no trial mentioned except for a more radical treatment option where they appear to be running trials.

User
Posted 21 Sep 2021 at 13:33

Ok. Thanks for engaging with me.

 
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