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.
Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
Gleason:(4+3) 7 T1c
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.