Salvage Radiation Week 3

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Doting Daughter
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   Posted 3/17/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My dad just began his third week of Radiation.  Over the past couple of days he has been having loose stool.  He was pretty down tonight when I spoke with him, because he feels like he is just entering his third week and has five to go.  Does anyone know if diarrhea comes and goes with radiation or if you get it, do you typically have it the remainder of the time.   Thanks for your help..and prayers. sad
Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation started March 03, 2008 7 weeks 5x a week
2 weeks of radiation down!!!
 
 


hawkfan75
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 165
   Posted 3/17/2008 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Doting

While I didn't experience this during my radiation treatments, it's a typical side effect.  I met with my radiologist once a week and would go over any side effects such as this one.  You have to remember, they are zapping all the area which is right around the colon, so stuff can happen.  All should stop after treatments are done.  Also, have him keep up with the exercising - especially walking.  When I started the hormones prior to radiation, my main concern was with fatigue and weight gain.   I must admit, it's been difficult holding on to my desired weight, but with all the exercise I do, I feel, has helped me keep my energy level up.

Tell him to hang in there........


Age 57 at diagnosis,  PSA 4.7 (up from 3.2 one year ago)
Biopsy November 8, 2006 1 of 10 cores positive 5% LEFT Side Gleason 3+3
Robotic surgery January 19, 2007
Post Surgery Pathology Stage T3a, Gleason 3+4, positive margins and capsular penetration RIGHT Side
Post Surgery PSA:  March 5:  0.01
5 month PSA, June 13, 2007:  0.08
Adjuvant therapy began June 26 with Zoladex injection
Radiation began August 23, ended October 8
First post radiation PSA, December 18, 2007:  0
 
 


Tony Crispino
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Total Posts : 8122
   Posted 3/17/2008 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I echo Hawkfan. It was the same for me. I did a couple days during treatment that I had loose stools. I had thought "well OK, i can deal with this", but then it went away and I completed the three remaining weeks fine. I attributed my occurance to a bug or something cause I didn't think it likely that it would have gone away while still receiving full treatment. Also, my RO told me that the most intense exposure would be done in the first 28 treatments and that the last 10 would be much lighter. He stated that if I did have side effects they would be during the 20's in the treatments. So if this is related to the treatment, it may still go away before completion.

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
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STAY POSITIVE!
 
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Doting Daughter
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   Posted 3/18/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys! I forwarded your responses to him.  Have you heard of taking Metamucil for loose stools during radiation?  Normally it is for constipation.  I guess it works though.  Thanks again!
Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation started March 03, 2008 7 weeks 5x a week
2 weeks of radiation down!!!
 
 


GreenAcres
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 3/19/2008 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Doting. This is regarding Metamucil and not radiation. Yes, in larger doses it's quite effective for diarrhea (personal experience here). If it's OK with the doctor, of course. You can get the off brands that work well and much less expensive - and you can also get sugar-free. There might be other over-the-counter products that would work better short-term.
Husband: Age 67
PSA had doubled in 14 mos to 4.3/Gleason 6
da Vinci 8/06 in Austin with Dr. Randy Fagin
Post surgical path shows encapsular penetration; possible bladder neck involvement.
PSAs remain undetectable; no further treatment at this time.
Next PSA: April 08


Gordy
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Total Posts : 528
   Posted 3/19/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told to expect really bad diarrhea and to be taking lots of Imodium. I decided to become constipated instead.

-Les

myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 3/19/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Les - That's just like you! tongue

Susan

maldugs
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 782
   Posted 3/19/2008 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi I took Imodium, Metamusil made me worse, going 5-6 times a day, all the bad symptoms are now gone, now waiting for the PSA, and recovering from 2 cracked ribs, that I got from tripping over the garden hose 2 weeks ago....what next! :-)

 

Regards Mal.

 


age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7  right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,
Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck, free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.
 
Post op PSA 0.5 26th Sept.
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5 seeing Radiation Onocologist 31st Oct.
Started radiation treatment on 5th Dec, to continue until 24 Jan. 08.
Finished treatment, next PSA on 30th April.

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