hello wife of deer hunter.
sorry he is still having a hard time. my SRT ended end of November, last year, so it has been nearly 4 months ago. i have about 1/2 to 3/4 of my normal pre-SRT strength and endurance. I still deal most days with some level of rectal/penile pain. I am waiting for my 2nd post SRT PSA test next week, really concerned and anxious about it.
in general, with the exception of my ongoing stricture and catheter problems, i healed up well from my open surgery. last year at this time, i was feeling and doing pretty good. had no incontinence, and no ED, and was getting my strength back.
from july till now, been a down hill battle. first, all the back to back stricture problems, but more importantly, i have never been the same since i went through SRT.
now the doctors say, it may take as much as another year, or more, to fully get over the effects, and according to my former medical oncologist, not my radiation oncologist, may not ever fully get 100% back from the radiation caused fatigue. I was told this before when I went through radiation 10 years ago, so I know that's probably true.
hope your husband gets out of this mental funk. we all do that at times, for different reasons. any cancer is tough to work through, and PC comes with too many twists and turns. it certainly doesn't play fair or by the rules.
vent all you like, that's an important feature of being here at HW, no one will ever get mad at you for that. PNI, stated my opinion above, is easy to argue it away, until your cancer starts to spread ,and then, suddenly, the thought of PNI makes a whole lot more sense.
Good luck, come and vent anytime.
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, no problem post SRT
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 same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days