|Laser light is used to destroy cancerous tissue.|
This is sort of unusual at this stage because most men with prostate cancer have already had their prostates removed (that wasn't an option for Terence since it was already so advanced at the time of his diagnoses). Having been left with a cancerous prostate has allowed it to spread....causing the obvious problems.
Greenlight laser vaporization is a recent addition to the minimally-invasive techniques for treating BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia -which is an enlarged prostate). Terence has advanced metastatic prostate cancer, not BPH so......this will be a little different for the doctor.
.....any ways......this is a relatively new procedure which uses the technology of high-powered laser light combined with fiber optics to vaporize the overgrowth of prostate cells quickly and accurately. As the surgeon directs the laser at the prostate, the intense pulses of light emitted from the fiber are absorbed by the blood. Within moments the temperature of the blood becomes so great it causes the nearby cells to vaporize. Green Light V. is being used as an alternative to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and has been shown to be its equal in terms of effectiveness in improvement of symptoms for BPH patients.
This technique is too new for long-term studies to have been completed, but after five years it has been shown to maintain its level of improvement in urinary flow and comfort, and for giving men a better quality of life.
|Terence gets the "green light" for surgery.|
Terence will come home with catheter inserted to allow urine to drain from his bladder. Hopefully this procedure will result in him having normal urinary function. The surgery takes approximately sixty minutes.
Terence's surgeon told us that Terence has a 50/50 chance that this procedure will work for him since he's not sure what the cancer looks like in there; since this procedure is typically used for patients with BPH he's not really sure what to expect. He may ave to do this the old fashioned way- and cut it out...if that happens, Terence will have a slightly longer hospital stay.
We're hoping and praying this will work for Terence. Otherwise, well.....we'll cross that bridge if we get to it!
The good news is- other than cancer- Terence is perfectly healthy!!!!! No heart, liver, lung or kidney problems :D.