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tedgard
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   Posted 3/1/2011 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Well, I am starting my next stage of PC treatment.  My treatment today took much longer today than going forward.  They had to perform measurements and get the equipment set up.  They took X-ray’s to make sure that my skeletal structure was in the correct place, etc.

I was a little surprised that when they actually started the radiation treatment that they don’t just shoot the radiation in just one place.  My treatment includes seven positions that they shoot the radiation for each treatment.  My understanding is that this provides a much better coverage of the treated area and at the same time it limits the radiation impacts to the other good tissue.

I am hoping that this solves the problem for good.

In reading some of the other posts, like from David, I still have some concerns, but I will try to keep positive as we continue down this road.

It is nice that we have this place to share.

Ted.


Diagnosis Results – Oct 31, 2007;
•Age – 53 (turned 54 in Nov 2007)
•PSA is 3.83
•Gleason's Grade - 3+3=6, T1C

Surgery Dec 11, 2007;
•Cancer confirmed on Right mid and Left apex
•Both nerve bundles spared, some damage to the Left bundle.
•30 day PSA, .01
•90 day PSA, .00
•Latest PSA, .12
•ED treatments: Levitra, Cialis, Trimix, Erect Aid pump, Penile Implant on 3/12/2009
•Happy

Purgatory
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   Posted 3/1/2011 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Ted,

Good luck to you as you start your SRT. The machine I was on also stopped 7 times, I use to lay on the table with my eyes closed and time each rotation. After 39 days, you get that down to a science.

While what happened to me was rare and in the lines of an exception, don't let it distract you from your treatments. Your are starting yours at about the same point in your PSA as I did, but you made it over 3 years after your surgery as opposed to my nine months, so hopefully you will do well, and that the radiation will finish off your cancer.

While being treated, if anything feels different or doesnt seem right, do not hesitate to make the operators and your radiation oncologist know immediately.

Let us know how you do through out your treatments.

David in SC
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

142
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   Posted 3/1/2011 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Ted,
 
Welcome to the path of glowing patients. OK, bad joke. But at least once I got the water bomb under control it was manageable.
 
Keep us up to date.
DaVinci 10/2009
My adjuvant IGRT journey (2010) -
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1756808

tedgard
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 108
   Posted 3/2/2011 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your comments and well wishes.
Diagnosis Results – Oct 31, 2007;
•Age – 53 (turned 54 in Nov 2007)
•PSA is 3.83
•Gleason's Grade - 3+3=6, T1C

Surgery Dec 11, 2007;
•Cancer confirmed on Right mid and Left apex
•Both nerve bundles spared, some damage to the Left bundle.
•30 day PSA, .01
•90 day PSA, .00
•Latest PSA, .12
•ED treatments: Levitra, Cialis, Trimix, Erect Aid pump, Penile Implant on 3/12/2009
•Happy

Burlcodad
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 3/2/2011 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Ted
 
Best of luck with the treatment
 
Ray

Highwayman
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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 148
   Posted 3/2/2011 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Ted,
I see that Happy is the last bullit point in your signature. May it be there for many many years to come. Best of luck with the treatment.
Mike
Age 48 w/diagnosed
10/06 PSA 3.0
11/06 PSA FREE %13.2
10/07 PSA 3.4
12/07 Biopsy-neg
1/09 PSA 4.6
6/09 psa 5.8
2/10 psa 8.7
7/10 PSA 10.8
8/2010 3rd biopsy GG 3+3=6, one of eight cores -2%
Lap 10/22/10 Dr. Troxel
Path- Neg Margins, Gleason 6, Nerves spared, 85 gm
Jan 20, 1 pad/day psa < 0.1, ed an issue

James C.
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   Posted 3/3/2011 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Ted, aren't you glad that they turn the machine around you, rather than us around it, like a rotisserie chicken in the deli? devil
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man tinyurl.com/28e8qcg
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 12/10-.09, 02/11-.08
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

142
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   Posted 3/3/2011 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
James,
At least for me, "rotating" would have had a secondary problem - bladder full, bladder empty shakehead
 
My first few days were "problematic".
 
Ted, hope all is going well.

Sonny3
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   Posted 3/3/2011 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Ted, here's hoping that all things with Rad go well for you and there are no complications.

Many of us who went thru RAD either ADJ or SRT suffered no ill effects at all. Personally my own path took about 20 minutes per treatment and the only effects I had were a little urgency issues that last couple of weeks and they didn't last long.

I think if a poll/study were conducted you would find that the majority would fall into the "No ILL Effects from Treatment" category.

Best of luck to you,

Sonny
60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5% positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Completed Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9

JNF
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   Posted 3/3/2011 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My IMRT stopped in 9 positions and zapped me from 5-9 times in each position. As a result, I did not get any burn on the skin. My side effects were minimal and completely cleared about two weeks after I finished.

I suggest that you avoid caffene and acids as they will tend to make urinary side effects worse. I went from coffee and orange juice to green tea and V8 juice. I will not go back to the caffene and acid. Also my doc put me on Flomax for the radiation as well.

Remember, full bladder and empty bowel. I had a 20 minute drive to the center and usually a 15 minute wait, so a 16 ounce water during the drive was just right.
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