Started week 5 of SRT, #21 of 39. Went in two hours early, machine was sitting idle anyway, because I have to see my uro later for some procedures. Will post on that later.
Monday zaps aren't so bad, its later in the week when they start getting to me.
Did get to have my weekly meeting with my rad. oncologisit. She finally admits (after a month) that some of the pain I have described in my penile shaft, testicles, and lower bladder region are related to the radiation. Duh, told them that after the 1st week. She also thinks the big increase in bleeding over the weekend in my cath bag is probably radiation related.
She's concerned about the uro wanting to do a hard dialation of my bladder neck today, concerned it might even make things worse from her side since she is treating that area as well. I told her, before someone ends up putting me into more un needed pain and trauma, why don't you call him up on the phone before I go there this afternoon, and decide if it is really needed today, and is it worth the risk, if any? You wouldn't think I would have to suggest that.
Told her that her tech crews are pretty decent, but instead of questioning the validity of a patient's pain reports, just to simply report to her directly what the patients are saying. Told her I have no motivation or reason to make up stories of things hurting for the fun of it. She agreed.
Back home resting for 90 mins before my wife comes gets me to go to the Uro. If if sedates me, would be unable to drive, even though it is only about 3 blocks away. Will report on that later.
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.