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Q & A - Prostate Cancer

The Q&A's are never to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of your case. Always seek the advice of your physician(s) with any questions you may have regarding you medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site.

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1.  I underwent a radical prostatectomy for a Gleason Grade 3 + 4 tumor with tumor-free margins and 1 mm of cancer on one lymph node was removed. My preoperative PSA was 5.9, and since surgery it has remained at 0.08. Is there a possibility they got it all? Have other men had this scenario?
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2.  Can I have a needle biopsy by being sedated instead of being awake?
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3.  I am a 55 year-old physician who has been receiving testosterone replacement via pellet implantation for the last 5 years. PSA has been consistently low ranging from 0.8-1.2. Most recent level is 1.7. Are you concerned about the velocity of the increase from 1.2 to 1.7 over the past year? Is this a contraindication for my next scheduled pellet implantation? Should I repeat to see if there is a fluctuation?
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4.  What is short-course radiotherapy?
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5.  I have some questions regarding early salvage radiation therapy now that my postoperative PSA has risen to 0.18. The first is: can I begin this treatment immediately, and can I schedule it at the radiation oncology facility close to my house? How long I will be treated, and how long does each session last? Can I still work? Is sexual activity okay?
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6.  I have heard that immunotherapy with CAR-T cells is the “holy grail of medical research” for cancer. What do you think about this?
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