Finally started SRT

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   Posted 5/10/2011 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
My insurance company finally figured out nothing unique or different was being planned and treatment started yesterday, four weeks after we decided it needed to be done. Two down; 36 to go.

I hadn't really thought about it but it's looking like the faces in the radiation waiting room will get fairly familiar over the next few weeks. Lucky for me, I can leave work 10 minutes before my treatment and easily be on time. Some of these guys are traveling 100 miles or more each way. Of course I seem to be on the young end so luck is only taking me so far.

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   Posted 5/10/2011 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
You will see a few "graduations", some shell-shocked newbies wandering in, and a few "alumni" showing up to visit.
I had a lot of good visits sitting in the waiting room. I will say that most were older men who were doing RT as primary, so their side-effects and general attitude were often better than mine.
Once I got the water schedule set, at least the waiting part was tolerable, and some days pleasant. Everyone has a story -
Hope all goes well for you. I'll be watching for updates.
DaVinci 10/2009
My adjuvant IGRT journey (2010) -

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   Posted 5/10/2011 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck to you, hope your other 36 are uneventful.

Remember back to my SRT in 2009, I was easily one of the youngest people being treated, even at age 57

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 margin
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, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81
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 9/10

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 5/10/2011 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Uneventful is the key. I hope you will keep posting updates.
Us SRT guys want to keep notes!

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 5/10/2011 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you can get to know folks in the waiting room, and others' experiences are always helpful, especially since they are using the same crew. You might get insight into whether there is a better schedule or not (although it sounds like you are in good shape in that area!) I enjoyed having the opportunity to encourage one or two guys that came after me. Especially since we have gathered up a lot of info by the time we get to SRT, we can be a good resource to others in there.
I hope all goes uneventfully for you. I was pretty fortunate - only real side effect was fatigue.
Best regards, Jeff
Gleason,3+4;PSA 7.9,Nerve-sparing RRP,03/2008(Age 48 then),pT2c, 60g, neg margins; perineural & lymphatic invasion;3 lymph nodes removed,clear; seminal vesicle invasion:absent;Gleason 4 was 5-10%; PSA <0.1 until Oct 09:0.1; retest <0.1; scans clear;monthly results from Jan 2010:0.2,.2,.17,.17,.24,.31,.29,.41, IGRT SRT started 8/4/2010, PSA@5 weeks in: .17,after:.12,.10,.06
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