Posted 4/22/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -6)
Well, I got some good news today, my PSA dropped to 0.03 at the six week mark post IMRT. From what I have read there is a chance that it might go lower over the next few months and that of course would be a welcomed development.
As far as side effects, they have been few but again the Dr. said you won't know the full impact of the radiation or subsequent side effects for several months.
Sore rectum with a little bleeding but it is getting better
Slight impact on erections so far but has not negatively impacted sexual performance to this point, I have convinced my wife that excersing this area is essential to a full and lasting recovery, she is happy to contribute
My hips and thighs are sore but the Dr. said that is not radiation related, I suspect Vytorin which I stopped three days ago and the soreness seems to be better, have to wait and see on this one. I have had trouble with Lipitor and Pravachol in the past.
I would certainly recommend this course of action for anyone with even slightly questionable pathology after surgery, I wish I had done it sooner. I at least feel I have done everything I can do to attack this problem with the goal of minimizing side effects within reason and I am hopeful that with God's blessing this opponet has been defeated.
Keep the faith and the fight going!
DX 8/05 Gleason 5, Mayo clinic Second Opinion Gleason 6, PSA 2.8
Da Vinci surgery Dr. Dasari, Centennial Nashville 9/24/05
Pathology Report Gleason 6, 15 % on left side only very near to the edge of capsule, too close to call on margins, doc's said to watch it very closely, final decision T2A
PSA's have basically ranged from <.04 to .05 for two years.
no E.D. and no Incontinence, feel very blessed
PSA Nov 07 = .06
PSA Dec 10th 07 =.07
Started Guided IMRT on January 7th, 2008 to treat prostate bed and lymph nodes