Today's treatment was #36 out of 39. For fraction lovers, it was the 12/13th point in my SRT. My dr. couldn't wait to hear my fraction for the day. Treatment was 30 minutes, despite being able to walk right in the door and be seen.
Saw my radiation oncologist after, and she wants to see me 4 weeks from this coming Friday. She wants me to arrange a PSA drawn at my urologist's office, so that there will be consistency with the numbers. His office and the lab the use have done all of my PSA's since 2007, so it makes sense to me.
She still wants me to keep the SP catheter in at least through the end of December, as she is anticipating additional swelling even after the SRT ends. Even being a Monday, there was considerable burning where the tube exits, doesn't feel real good.
She is still really puzzled why I am having so much penis pain associated with the SRT. She said she can't figure out that part, and knows its complicates my situation. Her only guess, is that my body is just that sensitive to radiation in general, and other areas are getting a "scattering" effect that most people wouldn't feel.
Three more to go. That part sounds good.
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