End of my 4th week of IMRT treatments, Friday's always the hardest for me and today proved no different. Treatment was about 25 minutes which is pretty good for my crew. Today they showed me the details of how they do the "snap shot" instant x-ray pictures they take at each treatment, some more neat gear.
Same as before, when the machine zaps in the 6th pos, immediately felt heat and pain at the SP exit. Also in the 4th position, which is right directly over me, the last two days zap has produced penis pain at that point. Again, my operators claim innocence and act as if it were my imagination. Going to get my URO to speak to the Rad Oncolog after I meet with both of them Monday.
I just want to make sure I am safe. If it is a question of sensitivity and pain, I can deal with that for 4 more weeks, just want to be positive that I am not in any danger. One of those times you have to be pro-active.
THey had to help me sit up straight again, was that weak feeling and on the way home, had my worse wave of nausea since this nonsense began. Still feel queasy while resting back at home.
For all the guys that have no reaction to side effects with RT or SRT, I applude you and you can thank your lucky stars. But if you get into the subject, there are plenty of men and women that have very ill effects with radiation. While my current stories might not sound too good to readers here, I assure you, that this is nothing compared to the horrific RT I had 10 years ago when it was in my neck and throat, and they weren't using IMRT. This is mild compared to that event.
Just want to get through with this part, and it sure better work!
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.