Been 4 full days since my last radiation zapping, and somehow I thought I would magically feel better. It is wonderful not being zapped anymore, and going through that daily routine. But in all honesty, I still feel physically as miserable as before. Still a lot of penile pain, rectal pain, extreme tendernous to the abdomen area, and of course, lots of spasms, probably 2 - 3 per hour when I am awake.
My radiation oncologist said it might take weeks for the worse effecst of the radiation to lessen, so I guess she is right, or I am just being impatient. Sick of the whole mess (PC in general), all I want is to feel better, be rid of this catheter, and try to get myself back into some kind of physical shape.
I am not going to be able to go into the Oncology Rehab program. They expect me to come up with 80-120 USD a week for co-pays for the program, in my situation just don't have the money for a 10 week program. When I went through it 10 years ago, at a different hospital system, it was free to me.
Trying my best to adapt to life after SRT, if all goes as plans, will have my first post-SRT PSA test after Christmas. That, believe it or not, I am not even worrying or thinking about. I did my part with the SRT, never missed a session, not even late once, the rest of that is out of my hands.
Best to all my brothers here (and sisters)
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