Insufficiency Fractures

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 11/29/2010 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,
It's been a while since I posted here, I hope you all have been doing well.
A little update on my dad's case (I think my signature has his PC history) My dad completed radiation in mid June of this year. He got 40 sessions of 72gy to his entire pelvic region (including pelvic lymph nodes). about a month after he completed radiation, he started to have severe back pain which radiated down his hip and right thigh. I remember I posted here over the summer because I was extremely worried it could have been bone mets.
I also contacted his Dr. in Sloan and he told me it's nothing to worry, that it could not be a radiation induced fracture because it was way too early. Well, it turns out it is. He has 4 fractures caused by the radiation he received. He is on bedrest now.
I cannot believe what bad luck my dad has. He is on bedrest now for the next 4 months. Maybe I shouldn't complain because it could always be worse. The good thing is that the radiation did reduce his psa from .55, to .07 so far. Hopefully it will continue to go down.
I was hoping some of you can chime in and tell me if you, or someone you know, has suffered from fractures caused by radiation. If so, did it heal, and how long did it take? I really appreciate all your help!
PS. If Christine is reading this post, please tell me how Peter is doing? I hope everything is going well with him. Please tell him we say hi.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/29/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Luv,

Your poor dad has had a rough journey so far, I feel bad about reading this latest set back. I have heard of the remote possibility of those type of fractures related to radiation damage, but to be honest, never knew a person that experienced that. I say this as a general remark, not directed to you, but people often underestimate just how serious and damaging radiation can be to the body. I have been through major radiation twice in 10 years, and both times, it did major damage to my body.

The bedrest is hard, especially on the mental side, but sounds like good advice for you dad. His PSA reading sounds good for being post radiation so far, hope it stays in that direction.

Hope he does well and recovers sooner rather than later, and hope that you too are doing well.

David in S.C.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 11/30/2010 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lynne

Very much a "good news bad news" post. Without that lowered PSA it would be really bad. That at least must be such a relief.

I hope the bed rest does the trick. I also hope he's a guy who can cope mentally and physically with resting. Does he really have to be in bed 24/7 or can he manage to be a little mobile?
(And where exactly are the fractures?)

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