To Jake, Jerry and Michael on your SRT

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Ralph Alfalfa
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 1/16/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Whoa, guys.  3 at once.  The experience is not as bad as you'd think.  Having to go through it is unfortunate, but we do what we can to help our chances of ridding us of the beast.  In time, if you have the same techs, get there at your scheduled time, and dealing with the tedium of having to drive there, do the treatment , and driving back every day for 39 days, then, trust me, time will fly.  I started mine in late October and finished Dec. 22nd.  By the end of it, I talked to my techs as friends, who I would somehow truly miss , as they answered all my questions, explained the machinery and what it actually is doing to you.  We shared jokes, recipes and talked a great deal about current events.  In time you'll know when to expect the table to adjust, when the arms of the machine make their adjustments, when they withdraw, and every sound you hear will have a certain meaning as to when the radiation will start and when it will be over.  When I was done I got a cheesy diploma and lots of hugs, as I'm sure they do to everyone.
Guys that had treatment at this facility took food every day to share, ie brownies, cookies, meat and cheese trays and it made a bad thing into an enjoyable thing.    Not that radiation is what we want, but , this helped.  Hope the outcome is truly as good.  The worst side effect I had was that I would just get dog-tired at about the 3 week mark, but this has passed. Had some bowel irritation in that I was going about 4 times a day, but this too is gone.  Watch for some minor urinary leakage, if you've not had any, as it may come back and it is dealt with by a mini-pad.  ED is somewhat halted but there is no stoppage, just a slow-down.  If you have any questions, e-mail me and I'll answer what I can.
 
So, hang in there guys.  Good luck with the ennui of the whole thing, and keep us posted.
Good luck.
Bob
 AGE:58
 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7 T1c
 Bone scan:Negative
 Cat scan: Negative
 Biopsy: 4 of 12 positive, left side, pre-cancerous on the right.
 Confined to prostate.
 DaVinci Jan. 19th, No lymph node involvement, all margins clear.
 8 week PSa <0.01
 Gleason downgraded to (3+4)7
 6 month Psa , 0.1 
 9 month Psa,  0.2  Doubled! Criminy!
 Started RT 10/28...one year since diagnosis.


60Michael
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2243
   Posted 1/16/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bopb for the support and that is something I do not take for granted. Hope mine and Jakes and Jerry's IMRT all go as well as yours. I didnt see any cookies are brownies while I was there but saw candy. I might have to take some of my Mother's famous carrott cake. It is a small town but close to my home so only a 25 minute drive. Will keep you posted and hope to hear from you again my friend.
Michael
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margin slightly involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only, now none
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5
Consulting with Primary Urologist for further tx.
Great family and friends
Michael


Jakester
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 288
   Posted 1/16/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the encouragement and very glad to hear yours went with just minor effects!

Jake
Diagnosed 8/2008 Pre-op psa 4.2, Age 60 at dx
7 of 12 biopsies positive 3+3
DaVinci LRP 11/08
Post Op pathology clear margins, confined to prostate, absent extraprostatic extension, vascular or perineural. Gleason 3+4=7, 5-10% of 4 and location in right mid-gland.
3 month psa .1 2/09, 6 month .1 5/09, 9 month .2 8/09
broke ankle bones 6/09
9/21/09 Bone scan clear, psa still .2
11/12/09 chest xray was clear, psa however up to .3,
01/05/10 psa still .3, radiation setup done with tats, 35 sessions follow

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