I will be starting 10 weeks of Oncology Rehab after all. Will start January 5, and it will be twice a week for 10 weeks in the first phase. I am not expected to need phase 2 of the program.
At first, they will be limited to what they can have me do with a catheter in place, but hopefully it will only be in me for the first 3 weeks of the program (jury still out on that subject).
They will work with me at first with upper body exercises and routines, give dietary info, and closely monitor me. It is suppose to really help overcome the fatigue factor that I am still fighting post SRT.
I went through a similar program 10 years ago, but I was in much worse physical shape after the throat/neck RT I had back then. I went for 11 months at that time.
I just want to be better. I just want out of this hellish world of endless catheters. I want the old me back, pre-surgery me at least, so I can start out the new year better.
I will bring highlights of what happens there once it starts. Interestingly, the head of the program is the same woman that headed the program I was in 10 years ago, but with a different hospital system. She still remembered me from back then.
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, Cath #9 in 35 days, 12/7/9 - Cath #10 in place