I can empathize with going through this on your own. I completed the rad treatment and made all 45 trips to the facility on my own. I live alone with the nearest family 2000 miles away. If you are currently in good health (other that the obvious) the treatment will be tolerable. The hormone effect, at least for me, is primarily a nuisance particularly the hot flashes. The advice to keep up an exercise routine is good. I kept up my running and weights for all but one week of treatment. I did slow down on the run and went a little lighter on the weights. I strongly feel that this is what has kept the side effects from being intolerable.
One other comment regarding vitamins and supplements. I stopped all of them during my treatment. Radiation is an oxidative process so it seemed to me that taking anti oxidants would be counter productive. Be selective in the supplements if you chose to take them during your treatment.
Mike, best of luck to you.
Diagnosed 04/10/08 Age 58 at the time
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear and chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
PSA 02/08 21.5 at diagnosis
PSA 07/08 .82 after 8 wks of hormones
PSA 10/08 .642 one month after completion of IMRT, 6 months hormone