Zufas, good words and post, appreciate it. My rad. oncol. did say that I will not experience any kind of bounce, she said that was applicable only to men using RT as a primary treatment while retaining their prostates. In my case, with no prostate, this was a salvage treatment. She did say that it could take several month to reach the lowest number, and that she wouldn't be surprised if the first post SRT PSA late this month might even be the same or slightly higher than the last time it was checked before SRT. There was about
a month and a half gap between last PSA and the start of SRT, so there could have been a slight rising on its own. This scenerio is one I am prepared mentally to handle. I will be more intersted in the tests 3 months and six months out from the first one.
From what she told me, my difficulties with the SRT probably put me in a small group of 4-5% of men suffering similar things to what I reported. Mine, of course, was further complicated by having it done with an indwelling catheter the whole time. She said she had never done that before, but felt safe about
it, and knew that the natural swelling from the radiation would have shut down my already touchy bladder neck, which was well on its way to closing again by scar tissue before the SRT started, and that is despite having two corrective surgeries and a very painful emergency dialation done in the months prior. As painful and aggervating as this catheter is after being in me for 62 days now, the alternative to me is far worse if I didn't have it.
I have experienced a little of the bowel thing you mentioned. It is an urgency matter, if I even think I might need to go #2, I head straight for the crapper, haven't had an accident yet, but it wouldn't take much to miscalculate, lol.
THanks for the encouragement,
David in SC
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path 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