Both radiation episodes in my life thus far has caused chronic fatigue. After I was through with neck/throat radiation 10 years ago, which was pretty gruelling at the time, my radiation and medical oncologist said that if I were to regain 75-80% of my strength after that, I would be doing well. I didnt have any fatigue undergoing the rad at the time, but I was also much younger. about 2 months after it ended, I literally had a physical meltdown, and as it were, the effects of the radiation took hold me in a big way. Ultimately, I went through 6 months of physical therapay, while working full time, and then it was extended another 6 months.
People really react differently to large doses of radiation. I have never been on HT, so I have no opinion of whether its the radiation or the HT or both that is effecting your father.
My most recent radiation (SRT), which ended late last November, is still keeping me in heavy chronic fatigue. That ended 9 months ago, and I still get hard every day around 2-4pm, hits me like a massive invisible wall. The dr. thinks its the whole combined effect on the body, of what I have been through the past 10 years of my life. Each op takes a little more out of me. When I can (if it ever happens) get catheter free, I will still be going to physical therapy, as I am so limited to what kind of physical work or exercise I can do.
I am always amazed at the guys here at HW that say they never felt any thing negative about their radiation treatments, either during or after. I believe them, but
I am always amazed when guys here at HW say they had no effects from radiation. I believe them, of course, but I just don't see how they never feel anything, especially the fatigue part. Its a form of radiation poisoning and it can do a number on your general immune system as well.
David in SC
Age: 58, 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, 4/8 .04, next one: Aug 3
Latest: 7/9 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days, Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, Cath #18 - 13 days, Cath #19 - 17 days, Total Blockage, Cath # 20 - 7/19