I started my SRT yesterday, I'm getting it a little differently than most of you. I'm having 6840 Greys delivered over 38 treatments with the first 20 being full pelvic radiation. I also am having a endorectal balloon put into place before each treatment. I met with the Dr. today and quizzed him a little more on the balloon deal and his claim is that it not only reduces any harm being done to the rectum but also stablizes the area and allows for a better radiation treatment. He said that they can regulate the amount of fluid in the bladder(drink 8 oz. on an empty bladder before treatment) but there is no way to regulate whether the rectum is full, half full or empty each treatment. With the balloon in place it doesn't matter because the rectum is secured behind it and doesn't factor into the equation.
Let me be the first to say, it is a little uncomfortable during treatment but the techs. are so professional my treatment has only lasted approx. 5-10 minutes each day so its something I have decided to put up with.
As someone on the board mentioned earlier, this treatment is the norm. during proton therapy
Biopsy- 12 cores, 4 positive highest 4+4=8
Bone scan, CT scan and Chest X-ray clear 4/16/08
Urologist suggested surgery 4/16/08
MRI on 4/24/08 clear no suggestion of lymph node involvement.
4/24/08 -Started on Lupron and Casodex preparing for HDRT and IMRT in late July. This treatment will not preclude me from surgery if I change my mind.
Decide to have DaVinci surgery after another consult with surgeon.
6/19/08- DaVinci surgery at University of Washington.
6/25/08- Path report, clear margins, no noted extension
9/12/08- PSA <0.02
12/05/08-PSA <0.02 Six months after surgery
3/02/09-PSA <0.02 Nine months after surgery
8/17/09-PSA .21 Begin HT and set up for SRT to begin in 2 months.