First we debated it, but once we made up our mind, oK once I made up my mind to proceed, we scheduled some imaging tests.
We did CT Scans and t took about
an hour. The iodine cause metallic mouth, and the banana drink sucked, but if anyone asks about
flavors ask for banana the others really suck.
We did Xrays and they took about
a half an hour.
Then we did an MRI it took about
an hour also.
5 days they called me back in for another CT. During this visit two things were accomplished ~ first we were casted. A cast template was made to lock my leg positions to be the same every time I laid on the table. This took about
15 minutes. Then I was run under the CT scan again and mapped for the dots. Three dots were tattooed on my body. I still have them.
Once I was casted and marked my first treatment went like all of them except the Friday ones. The IMRT radiation device rotated around me and stopped at 7 positions. At each position the intensity modulation was shaped sevral times and radiation was delivered after each one. Each day took about
On Fridays, we did a routine dose of radiation but before we started, xRays were taken of the pelvic region. Every Monday we also consulted the radiation oncologist.
I was told to drink a 16oz bottle of water before coming in for treatment. Do not urinate until after treatment. After treatment I walked 3 miles. After treatment 28 (I had 38) I was told it would be less intense. I still didn't feel a thing. Two week after treatment I noticed I had more energy. surprisingly, I realized I had fatigue and didn't even know it. I recovered very well.
I was fascinated about
the radiation technology and actually spent quite a bit of time with my RO. One evening we were together until 9pm and I could tell he was very into his work. I liked that about
him. Even today I could stop in on him and ask him what's new? I am an electronics engineer by trade (since in management and sales) and really wanted to see the screens and the programs. My RO really like showing them. It was an interesting experience for me.
I hope this helps.
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 11, 2009): <0.1