My instructions were for a full bladder to help lift it out of the way... Each treatment, the technicians asked me if my bladder was full. If I had forgot, they said they would have me drink a liter and wait 30 minutes. In asking them their definition of "full", they were actually looking for moderate to full... being able to still be comfortable... :-)
I think I remember that English Alf got instructions that talked about bladder, bowel (empty vs full), and gas! Sounded like it was real complicated and even included dietary constraints. I will ask about that with my oncologist at the next follow up.
I will say that thru and after the treatments, I had no changes in urinary function or urgencies. Only felt a few slight twinges of something when I urinated for 1-3 hours after the treatment. No incontinence factors either... I did get a little rectal proctitis during the last 2 weeks with slight spot bleeding, but it cleared up 2-3 weeks after treatments ended. I never did experience any loose bowels that they talked about... Actually more on the constipated side... but that actually started a few months before treatments when I started taking simvastatin cholestorel medicine.
Waiting now for a few more weeks so I can get my post PSA and get back in the zero club!
Hoping your treatments go well for you with little side effects!
After 3-4 years of annual PSA 4-6, biopsy recommended
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left 0/6 Right 1/6 Gleason 3+3 T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Final pathology of Gleason 6 T2c Nx Mx, approx 20% of prostate involved, positive margin, but only at 2 focal points.
6/28/2007 9 weeks incontinance... Overnite, went from 4-6 soaked pads a day from prev 8 weeks to 2 barely wet pads a day.
7/12/2007 11 weeks post-op Minimal leakage... one small pad a day
7/18/2007 First Post-Op PSA... 0.01 !!!
9/10/2007 Pad free and ED at 75% with 100mg Viagra generic
6/26/2008 2nd Post-OP PSA at 14 months... 0.02
12/2/2008 3rd Post-OP PSA at 20 months... 0.03
10/30/2009 4th Post-OP PSA at 31 months... 0.13 (moved and diff lab)
11/3/2009 Retest at my original lab... 0.11 (followup with Doc sched 11/10)
11/10/2009 Discussion indicated biochemical reccurrence and need for salvage radiation treatment.
1/21/2010 Another PSA test at 34 months... 0.14
1/26/2010 IMRT Salvage Radiation Treatment started
32 sessions for 64 gys total.
3/12/2010 Finished 32 sessions... No side effects to date except a little
tiredness. Slight changes in bowel movements the last week...
4/8/2010 Pretty much all side effects (were minimal) are gone now and energy has returned. Now just wait for the upcoming PSA test.