BB_FAN brings up an excellent point.. It's the technicians that actually administer the treatment..Unless they have problems, the R-doc is not involved with that. Basically, he just writes a treatment plan, a computer program, which is loaded into the computer that controls the LINAC that is treating you...He shows up once a week to chat with you about any possible side-effects after his nurse has done the same thing...He decides on how many treatments, dose per treatment, total dose, and whether or not to include HT as part of the salvage operation..There are minor variations between patients but it's pretty much standard stuff. My R-doc prescribed 34 pelvic area treatments, 1.8Gy each. Then, at the end, the beam was narrowed and focused on the prostate bed for the last 6 treatments. This was called "Boost" and is a little unusual..It worried the techs and they called in the R-doc before starting two of those last 6 treatments..
I'm two months out and everything is back to "normal"...
PSA age 55: 3.5, DRE normal.
age 58: 4.5
64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
65: 8.5, " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
66 9.0 "normal", 2ed biopsy, negative, BPH, Proscar
67 4.5 DRE "normal"
68 7.0 3rd biopsy positive, 4 out of 12, G-6,7, 9
RALP Sept 3 2010, pos margin, one pos vesicle nodes neg. Post Op PSA 0.9 SRT, HT. 2-15-'11 PSA 0.0