I, too, like a few other members, have just completed my SRT series: number 36 was Friday, which should have totaled 64.8 Gy. Some misc thoughts:
I hate the term “salvage” as associated with this procedure….sounds like you’re trying to get a little more life or value out of the old rusted wreck…oh well, the Truth sometimes hurts, huh?
I guess I was another of the fairly lucky ones with respect to side effects: mainly some minor digestion issues, and quite a bit of fatigue that last week, when our outside temps went up into the high 90’s. (i think some dehydration was giving me some low BP)
That routine of leaving work at 3:20, driving down to the hospital, getting treatment, then the whole afternoon, from 4:00 on, is MINE: I could really get used to a routine like that….unfortunately, it’s over and I’m back to the ol’ 8:00 – 5:00
I also hate the waiting game…next PSA test is in 6 weeks, but I know measuring it now wouldn’t prove a THING, and even 6 weeks is pretty early, so God is still teaching me patience. This is something I’m living with, to some extent or another, the rest of my life, so I don’t expect quick answers or “closure”
Don’t forget that today is special, which is why it’s call the “present”, so Seize the Day!
Thanks to all you talkers and encouragers out there
5/05 PSA test 1.8 --12/19/07 PSA test 3.7 --7/25/08 PSA test: 4.7
8/26/08 1st Prostate Biopsy: 3 samples out of 6 have irregular cells
11/25/08 PSA test: 6.5
12/11/08 2nd Prostate Biopsy : of 12 samples, 3 are cancer, and all other 9 are irregular. original NJ lab sent samples to Johns Hopkins for special reading. Gleason 3+3=6. now:read book, and think about options: radiation, surgery, etc
1/22/09 Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy. main issue was use of BOTH pre-donated units of blood during surgery, and then required 2 additional units in recovery, before going to room
1/25/09 Released from hospital. No drive, no lift >5 lb
1/28/09 Pathology results from removed tissue: Cancer was seen on 10% of gland, lymph nodes & SV were benign, nothing seen outside of the prostate. One area of cancer extended right up to edge, but not beyond. Gleason was re-typed as 3+4=7, staged T2c
3/6/09 6week appt, start back to work Monday, 3/9. script for Cialis
2/10/10 PSA=0.3 discussed possibility of radiotherapy and/or hormone.
4/7/10 PSA= 0.4 Recurrence of the cancer is probable. Referred me to RO
5/4/10 First RT. RO is recommending 37 treatments x 1.8Gy=66.6 Gy
6/25/10 Final RT. ended up w/ 36 treatments, 64.8 Gy