Just for the record, I was diagnosed with PC in the fall of 2006. On Feb 18, 2006 had robotic surgery. My PSA went down to zero, but is now going back up. My Urologist did not support my choice of treatment, he was for surgery, not for robotic however. Because of this, I did not feel like utilizing him now that my PSA has started going up again.
I live in a smaller community where he is the only Urologist. I did travel to a neighboring town with a urologist I had received a second opinion from during my original diagnosis. He, and the original hospital and doctor that did my surgery all recommended radiation. Thankfully, my town is again supposedly blessed with an excellent Radiation Oncologist. Thankfully some doctors enjoy rural Montana, or in this doctors case, his wife is from Montana and he moved back to keep her happy. (The previous Rad. Oncologist was very well respected in the region, and I friend of mine. However, his wife was from the "big city", and missed the theater. Forcing him to move back.)
Anyway, to cut to the chase, I began my radiation treatments on Monday, 3/9/2009. For the next 6 to 7 weeks, I will be making the daily trip to the hospital. Just wondering if anyone who has had radiation could shed some light on the subject. I have read some, and asked lots of questions, but sometimes I feel like I may be missing the point, there is more to the story. The side affects, urinary control, bowel irritation, and abdominal tenderness have been discussed, but what other unpleasentries should I expect? What should I really be prepared for, How tired will I really feel?
No second thoughts, I just don't like surpises!
Diagnosed with PC in 2006 @ age 48
Robotic surgery in City of Hope on Presidents day 2007
PSA never went to "0", always about 0.2
Fall 2008 PSA 0.5
Retested 3 months later, PSA 0.7
Urologist was very unsuportive of my treatment choice so I have not been back
Oncologist believes I should take a wait and see approach, But is ordering baseline bone scan.
I am very concerned!