My last RT session is on March 21, of 39 sessions. I had no side effects at all. No burning, no getting up at night, etc. I'm on the Varian Rapidarc equipment.
I was told to not drink regular coffee so I cut that out during the week and had it only on Friday after my session and over the weekend. Regular coffee irritates your bladder with the RT.
I also didn't change my diet at all, had the same food that I always did. One different result was that I have had an anal fissure that would bleed off and on, it has completely stopped bleeding since I started the RT. I was using the Prep H wipes, so maybe that's what cured it.
I also experienced that "hitting the wall" tired feeling but I relate that more to less caffeine that anything else. I continued to drink 2 glasses of wine or a couple of beers every day. And lots of water....
The oncologist did say that men doing the RT in place of surgery, do seem to experience more side effects. Especially in getting up alot at night. Their bladders are irritated more somehow.
I think you will do well.
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.