Bill,a big thanks to your support. It's not that I think my SRT time was remarkable, but several people here did request for me to do a running diary, so thus I did. My complications were not entirely unexpected. Like my dr. said. she had never radiated anyone with an SP catheter in place. And she planned my treatments based on past performance of my hyper sensitivity to radiation in general. I feel she did a great job, the staff there has been very sincerly caring.
You can probably tell from my posts, I am not into the blame game like some folks are. The complications I have encountered in my PC journey, definitely been a few, lol, I dont blame on my uro/surgeon, my gp, or the radiation doctor. Its because I am David Riley, and must be an odd duck and my body has its own quirks. No one to blame, just thankful my current medical staff is in tune with me, my feelings and my pain. And none of them ever rush me when we meet.
Just my opinion, perhaps from being married to a nurse, but unless you have really really strong evidence to the norm, it pays to be a compiiant patient. My life is in my doctor's hands at one level, so good teamwork and cooperation, and open communications makes it easier for them, and for me, the patient of course.
Best to you, brother
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