Todays was a 45 minute affair. Back to alignment issues. I went in very sore from the burning at my SP exit hole from yesterday, so I didn't expect todays to be easy. And it wasn't. If you like my fractions, today made 11/13th completion, 6 more to go.
Met with my rad. onclogist today. She is already planning my post radiation time. She is reccomending to leave the SP catheter in place until early January. She said that even when the radiation stops the end of next week, it will continue to burn and cause swelling for 3 to 5 weeks after. She will talk to my urologist and suggest that he waits for any attempt at dialtion of my bladder neck till mabe mid-January.
She still wants to do her first post radiation PSA one month to the day after the last zap. She did that since I don't have a prostate, there never will be a radiation bounce. She at no time should my PSA ever rise, no matter how slightly, if the SRT works. She said if it did, then it would not be a good thing. Kind of knew this, but she's a straight shooter.
She said she will probably do 3 month PSA's for at least 2 years out from the last treatment.
She examined me closely, and still puzzled why I have so much burning pain with both my penis and the SP catheter site. She thinks it isnt the result of "scattering" but the result of hyper-sensitivity to radiation. She said she has some patients that have to abort radiation because of side effects, but they are the rare ones.
Six to go, fellow veterens, this boy is getting short. My mind is starting to accept that this part of my journey is nearing an end.
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
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
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 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place