Made another Friday, 3 weeks down out of 8, still a ways to go. Lot of pain around the SP tube when they zapped me today. After, they inspected my lower navel area, and admitted what I had been saying for days, that I am getting radiation burns on the skin already. So much for the "there's no way you can be getting that so soon" attitutude I heard a week ago. They are going to have the radiation dr. look at it Monday when I meet with her.
Yes, the toxicity of radiation builds up through the week. I usually feel ok on Monday and Tuesdays, start getting a little irrated, had a rough time on Thursday, and today, Friday, miserable. Had to have some help sitting up when we were done.
Since the IMRT crew was caught up, they spent about 20 minutes showing me the entire console of the machine, all the emergency stops, how all the alignment devices worked, including the cameras, the lasers, etc. Does help me understand why it can take so long some times, a lot more involved than I assumed. They also showed me the x-rays they take every day before zapping of my prostate bed, looks so weird to see it without a gland there. Then they showed me the computer generated 3-D model of my former prostate that they programed the IMRT machine to hit. If you like techy stuff, it was real interesting.
Glad its the weekend.
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: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.