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birdbob42 14 posts  |  Last Activity: Apr 15, 2014 9:24 AM Member since: Jul 14, 2009
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    Cyberknife for Prostate

    by birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 5:02 PM
    birdbob42 birdbob42 Apr 15, 2014 9:24 AM Flag

    Maybe this is the last one. My treatment was in May '08 in Naples, Florida and was convenient, painless, no side effects, cancer gone. Believe the setting was around 37g in 5 fractions.

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    Cyberknife for Prostate

    by birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 5:02 PM
    birdbob42 birdbob42 Apr 15, 2014 5:55 AM Flag

    My Dad was too old for any treatment when diagnosed except cyberknife. Unfortunately, there was no cyberknife at that time, and but now there is. I am not pumping the stock, but want more patients to know about this treatment, so thanks for the opportunity to explain it. I would do 100 more posts if it would help get the word out.

  • Reply to

    Cyberknife for Prostate

    by birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 5:02 PM
    birdbob42 birdbob42 Apr 15, 2014 4:58 AM Flag

    If you have ever been around someone who had prostate problems, like my Dad or my best friend, you wouldn't make #$%$ comments about informative posts on an amazing treatment option.

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    Cyberknife for Prostate

    by birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 5:02 PM
    birdbob42 birdbob42 Apr 14, 2014 7:45 AM Flag

    Not sure how accurate this is now, but last figures I saw CK cost was about 2/3 that for surgical removal. Also, recent reimbursement has been allowed full stop (amount for total procedure) rather than for number of treatments which greatly favors CK over IMRT. So, CK is not only the best treatment for localized early stage prostate cancer from the standpoint of no side effects, but also the most cost effective.

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    Cyberknife for Prostate

    by birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 5:02 PM
    birdbob42 birdbob42 Apr 1, 2014 11:28 AM Flag

    just a bit more-one comment often heard is-if you have early stage prostate cancer diagnosis, why not have the gland surgically removed so you can forget about it. The problem with that is: surgery involves cutting, blood, possible incontinence and loss of sexual function and long recovery., none of which are involved with CK. After a 90 minute treatment with clothes on, you leap off the table and go to work , go play golf or whatever.

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    Cyberknife for Prostate

    by birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 5:02 PM
    birdbob42 birdbob42 Apr 1, 2014 10:52 AM Flag

    Hemmerjohn-your comment has never shown up-could you repeat. For newbies, hemmerjohn has a long history on this board of helpful posts and a good understanding of investing wisely in stocks like this

  • Reply to

    Citrapure profits

    by birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 4:39 PM
    birdbob42 birdbob42 Mar 27, 2014 11:35 AM Flag

    jab9019-thanks for your reply which seems like a good explanation

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    Cyberknife for Prostate

    by birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 5:02 PM
    birdbob42 birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 6:47 PM Flag

    Here's how this works. Your PSA goes up and your internal medicine guy recommends you see a urologist. The urologist has some simple tests that indicate whether a biopsy is needed. Sometimes the first biopsy is negative, but maybe a millimeter away from one of the needles are some early stage cancer cells. The next biopsy finds them and the urologist tells you about the treatment options he is familiar with which are normally IMRT (40 treatments of 5/10mm accurate low dose radiation, seeds, surgical removal (open or DiVinci), or watchful waiting (active survellance) Many urologists do not have a CK in the treatment facility they work with so really don't know enough about how great an option it might be. My personal experience-CK is painless, convenient, no side effects, cancer gone. As for watchful waiting, if cancer has started in your body, get rid of it quickly in the best way. Just my opinions and experience.

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    Citrapure profits

    by birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 4:39 PM
    birdbob42 birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 6:28 PM Flag

    If anyone from the company monitors this board it would be interesting for them to comment on this. I don;t have a reference to where this started, but it has been brought up over the years and is mystifying if true.

  • Urology Associates in Cincinnati has a cyberknife as of the first of this year. This is the type of practice where the urologist analyses the patient specifics and recommends the best treatment. So often prospective patients are steered away from considering CK because the consulting urologist recommends something else. There are many practices around the world that have adopted this model and are able to recommend treatment with the Cyberknife system for localized, early stage prostate cancer.

  • birdbob42 by birdbob42 Mar 26, 2014 4:39 PM Flag

    Successful investor in RMTI from early 2000's. It was reported once that the company was selling its dialysis concentrates as cost. Why is this good business even if you sell lots of it?

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    loss of taste

    by edfleckmusic Mar 17, 2014 2:43 PM
    birdbob42 birdbob42 Mar 19, 2014 10:03 AM Flag

    someone immediately took down my post hoping to get more details on this case. When this happens, it is usually a desperate short. The loss of 54 lb in two months seems hard to believe, but thanks for your kind words about my good outcome

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    loss of taste

    by edfleckmusic Mar 17, 2014 2:43 PM
    birdbob42 birdbob42 Mar 17, 2014 4:48 PM Flag

    This is a good example of why nobody should pay much attention to some of the current message board posts. Too bad, they used to be technically factual and helpful. To repeat again, my cyberknife prostate procedure 6 years ago was painless, convenient, no side effects, cancer gone., and that outcfome has been shared with thousands of others. He may have been referring to an IMRT radiation procedure or something other than cyberknife.

  • birdbob42 by birdbob42 Feb 17, 2014 1:17 PM Flag

    It appears that the current team at ARAY may get needed results without someone buying it up and taking it private as I have suggested. FMR (Fidelity), a savy investment house, accumulating 15% of the company is an interesting development and last quarterly results were encouraging. Am still a passionate patient advocate for CK (prostate treatment in 08) and in favor of whatever can be done to allow it to treat more patients.

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