I'm almost 3 years past 5 weeks of IMRT and then 3 sessions of HDR brachytherapy.
No rectal burning and yes, I would choose it again over surgery - no ED and no incontinence from day one.
Did you do your 'due diligence' before deciding on which facility/radiation oncologist to use? Have you discussed this problem with your radiation oncologist? If you weren't satisfied with his/her response, did you consult another?
Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 611/2005
Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01 7/2005-8/2005
5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy1/2007
Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT1/2007
CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung5/2007
CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.6/2007
Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy6/2007
Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.8/2007
2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA still undetectable, but get Lupron shot to bring T down from 272/2008
Trip to Houston – PSA now 0.5 and nodules larger. Lupron shot.6/2008
Trip to Houston - PSA undetectable, T is 20 and only one nodule has grown (from 8mm to 12mm). Feeling much more confident than after 2/2008 reports
Post Edited (Gordy) : 6/20/2008 6:29:22 PM (GMT-6)