Hello all PCa guys, wives, partners etc.
This is post relates to the sticky thread at the top of the page: www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1717641
A while ago I made that sticky thread about
“Useful stuff to know” after grouping together assorted tips and experiences from posts here, but most of which resulted from James C. starting a thread called “Things I wish I’d known before I had surgery” (or a similar title).
As James’s thread was originally all about
surgery it’s not surprising many people commented on my sticky thread having so much emphasis on surgery and little mention of other treatments. For a while I have wanted to expand the sticky thread to include more, but I was reluctant to put together anything about
something I had had no first-hand experience of.
Well, I’ve now had Radiation Therapy as well as surgery, and feel more qualified to add something about
Radiation Therapy (also called radiotherapy in the UK etc), especially as my SRT seems to have done what it was meant to and given me a PSA below 0.1.
So this is a call to all of you, patients and partners etc to respond with helpful tips about
RT that I can put together to turn into something that can be added to that sticky thread to provide help for as many as possible.
Radiation therapy comes in many shapes and sizes, so for starters I think we will need to cover:
---Those that have Radiation Therapy as their primary treatment, which in turn needs to cover both external beams and internal seeds. (Use of RT as a primary treatment happens for a variety of reasons but is often used in cases where surgery is not possible or where the cancer is known to have spread.)
---Those that have had Adjuvant Radiation Therapy more or less immediately after surgery. (This is used for people where it was perhaps clear straightaway from the surgery or the pathology that something extra was going to be needed.)
---Those that have had Salvage Radiation Therapy. (When a number of months or years after surgery there is a BCR, ie a rise in PSA level).
The above are all essentially Curative treatments, but also needing a mention will be different use of Radiation Therapy, which I guess I can call Palliative RT where smaller doses of RT are used to alleviate pain when the cancer has metastasized to bones etc.
Another angle worth covering will be you knowledge about
the combination of Radiation Therapy with Hormone Therapy.
All contributions and suggestions will be welcome.
(And to keep this ticking over I will obviously bump it every once in a while.)