Sephie, good update.
I would expect John to be given a min of 70 greys. My radiation oncologist feels that with IMRT they can give higher, but safer and more directed radiation to the prostate bed and/or pelvic area. We talked about this last week, and she felt that doses under 70 greys probably wouldn't be effective for most men. Mine is set for 72.
Someone had to walk down the tunnel first, Sephie, but keep in mind, like everything else medical related, my sensitivities to radiation might not happen to John, or he could even feel worse, it varies that much. But at least from my reports, hopefully we can keep some sheer surprises out of your husbands path down the same road.
It feels great today (Sat) knowing I don't have to go back for any more zaps till Monday afternoon. The women that are treating me joked about not getting to comfortable, because they would be waiting with open arms for me to start all over again on Monday. We are already all on first name basis after just a week.
I even get on the bed portion of the machine in a butt backwards fashioned. They thought at first I was just being annoying, but soon realized that I am left handed and do most things in reverse order. Now they let me climb on and off in a way that makes sense to my strange brain, lol. Know one parallel parks like I do, but that's another story.
So John has not been mapped and tattooed yet I gather.
David in a rainy SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out 38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl.agree to start radiation, mapping on 9/21/9, 9/24 - mtg with uro/surg, 9/29- pre-op, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - suprapubic cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - first treatment IMRT.