Salvage Radiation Treatment - 8 of 39

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Purgatory
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   Posted 10/14/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Per a couple of people's suggestion, a new post of this journey each time to keep the length of thread reasonable.
 
Today was number 8 of 39.  Lots of alignment problems, sure makes me nervous, hoping they really have it right when I get zapped.  Took 45 minutes for today's treatment, and my machine wasn't even busy.
 
Nausea set in about one hour after I left.  Thankful no return of the stomach cramps like I had yesterday.  Back home resting.
 
Still a bit weary of how I will feel further down line if I am already getting this affected.
 
David in 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 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.


Uncle Harley
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 85
   Posted 10/14/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there David. You'll be done just in time for turkey & pumpkin pie
PSA History
3/99 1.2
3/00 1.04
3/01 1.16
7/02 1.24
2/06 1.59
3/07 1.79
3/08 2.54
8/08 2.3
4/09 2.3
7/09 2.6
12 needle prostate biopsy Jan 09
Dx of (1) core adenocarcinoma 20%
All other cores benign
Gleason 3+3 T1C
Currently in Active Surveillence
Age 60


Purgatory
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   Posted 10/14/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, sceduled to be done the day after American thanksgiving, but gee, might not be able to enjoy without hurling at the rate my nausea is building, lol. Be happy at this point to be well for Christmas. Last Thanksgiving and CHristmas are nothing but a blur and a smudge to my memory, as I was coming out of surgery at that time.
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 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.


Purgatory
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   Posted 10/14/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Spoke too soon, having some serious stomach cramps again and deep nausea. Bear in mind, if you are new and reading this, lots of people go through radiation without ever feeling anything other than some general fatigue. Each body is different. I had a hard time dealing with radiation when I went through it ten years ago. Being 10 years older doesn't help my case. But the point, just because I am having a harder time, doesn't mean you will if you are about to go through it yourself.

David in 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 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.


Gmike
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 10/14/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
I'm doing IG-IMRT at Dattoli in Sarasota. I had treatment 3 of 30 today, so I'm 10% done. I hadn't realized nausea would be problem but I'm feeling some already. Also a bit run down, but that started before the radiation, about the time I started with Avodart. Or maybe it's this stupid-hot weather we're having since I got to Florida.

The info book they gave me says nausea is an uncommon side effect. I may ask to talk to one of the nurses tomorrow about it.

I asked the radiation tech how many patients are going through the clinic now and he said around 35 which is slow. In the winter they have up to 60 at any one time. No alignment problems yet. They are very efficient. I've been in and out in less than 20 minutes.

I forgot to ask about dosage but they hit me from 7 positions at around 10 seconds each. I have to drink 16 ounces of water in 5 minutes, starting 30 minutes before the scheduled treatment. They do an ultrasound on my bladder to make sure it is full.

Good luck to you
Mike
Dx: 05/21/2009 (age 58)
1 core of 12 positive (10%), Gleason 6, Stage T1c, PSA 5.2 (21% Free)
Family history: Grandfather had PCa, died at age 79 of other causes, Father had PCa still living at age 80 cancer free (11 years)
07/15/2009 TUMT (Transurethral Microwave Therapy) for BPH
08/29/2009 Started on Casodex
10/5/2009 Color Flow Doppler, started on Avodart
10/12/2009 Started radiation at Dattoli Clinic in Sarasota


Purgatory
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   Posted 10/14/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike, sorry you are going through it yourself. I don't have to drink anywater, because of the fact that I have an indwelling catheter. My radiation oncologist says nausea is not uncommon for the level of radiation I am getting, and because I had a hard time with it in the past.

I have had nausea to some degree on all 8 treatments so far.

I am one of only 13 patients on the local IMRT machine right now, not usually a waiting problem, but they seem to have a hard time with my alignment on most days. Today was 45 minutes on the table.

Hope you do well too.

David
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 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.


lewvino
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 10/15/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Did someone mention Turkey and pumpkin pie at David's? Glad to hear that his nausaa will be gone by then!

Hang in their David.

Larry
Father treated for Prostate Cancer in 1997 with Proton Beam - Still doing well.
My Stats
Age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Biopsy 04/08 12 cores, 5 positive
Gleason 3 Cores at 4+3=7, 2 Cores at 3+4=7
Perineural Invasion Noted on biopsy

Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
 
Post Surgery - Dr. Spared 100% of Nerves on the left side.
Estimated that 50 - 70% of the nerves were spared on the right side.
 
Final Path report
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear
Positive Margin 1.8 cm in length Noted in Right Apex


Purgatory
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   Posted 10/15/2009 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Larry,

You can fill in for me on Thanksgiving dinner. I may be in the other end of the house so I dont feel like hurling.
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 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.


flippin out
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Total Posts : 137
   Posted 10/15/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
UM Proton at LLU Ca.
some discomfort some burning I didn't know how tired I'd be I figured it was the 180mile round trip I don't remember any nausea just another bump in our bumpy road
50 Diagnosed as type II Diabetic
54 Cancer Detected
PSA 8.+ Gleason 7
55 DaVinci City Of Hope California
57 Cancer rise in successive PSA's
57 Proton Radiation Loma Linda Medical Center California
Aug 09 PSA 0.06


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 10/15/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
that was some drive mjr, thats a long way from the radiation center. mine is perhaps 7 miles each way.
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 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.

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