jerry, and to the other radiation guys, even with the highly targeted and focused methods of radiation delivery, i.e. IMRT, you can still get good old fashioned "scattering", where radiation bounces off the target and hits good tissue that wasn't intended. WHen I had mine done, they denied this at first, but as I started reporting more and more collateral damage, they changed their story and said it was possible, but there wasnt anything they can do about it. It may have been worse for me, as I had this "deep and narrow prostate bed" issue, the same one that gave my surgeon so much trouble during my surgery.
Plus as I have said all along, from past experience having been through 2 major bouts of radiation treatments in my life, everyone reacts differently to radiation poisioning, some: no bad effects, they don't even realize its happening, others; can get real sick, real sore, have all the burning like I did. Fortunatately, those of us with the bad effects are rare.
I will be be glad when, and the other fellows currently undergoing radiation are through. mine ended almost 3 months ago, and i am s till fighting the effects of radiation fatigue daily, fortunately, much of the "burn" related pain has minimalized, probably on a bad day, only hurt 25% as much as I did when the radiation ended. For that, I am thankful.
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
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days