I'm about half way through 39 treatments on the Varian Rapid-Arc machine. My experience is pretty much the same as the others. Three tattoos on my body that are lined up to laser beams.
Then the machine does a full circle x-ray or ct-scan. Next slight adjustments and two full rotations of radiation. First counterclockwise, then clockwise. Whole process takes 3 minutes on the table.
The Group that I go to, schedules 50 men a day more or less. We are slotted every ten minutes. Two changing rooms so one guy is always waiting. Five minute visit with the Oncologist every Friday where we talk about the weather and then I'm gone.
No side effects at all...
Age 60, PSA 2007 4.1, PSA 2008 10.0
Diagnosed April 2008, Biopsy: 6 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
CT and Bone Scan negative, Open surgery at Shawnee Mission Medical Center May 21, 2008
Right side nerves spared, Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Cather removed on June 3rd, totally dry on July 9th, pT2c, lymph nodes negative
PSA Sept 28, 2008 0.00, PSA Jan 22, 2009 0.00, PSA June 29, 2009 0.00
PSA Sept 2009 0.00, PSA Dec 21, 2009 0.02, PSA March 29, 2010 0.03
ED Status- Currently using Trimix, Levitra daily for increased blood flow.
Noctural Erections have completely returned on a nightly basis, same hardness as before.
Stopped the injections except for "Fun" weekends. Really don't need them anymore.