I must have missed the small print on the disclaimer sheet before my whole-pelvic radiation and RRP. For the last couple of months I've had swelling in my left foot. I thought it was just because I had become all too lazy in the exercise department. But once I started exercising again, the swelling reduced only slightly.
That's when I started researching and discovered that for folks like me, there's a 25-30% chance of lymphedema because of permanent damage to or removal of the lymph nodes. The reduction in lymph system efficiency leads to water and proteins not being cleared quickly enough from my left leg and foot.
So, on to treatment, which essentially is massage and compression stockings... hey look at me, Man in Tights!
Given my G9 condition, I'm not complaining, unless the cancer comes roaring back right away.
Caught early, lymphedema can be managed with little loss of movement or functionality.
Just another thing for folks to think about
when considering the options.
Age 60 Gleason 9
1/10 PSA 14.7
5/10 Bx: Gleason 3+4
8/4/2010 RRP: Gleason 4+5; Positive Margins, PNI
Incontinence: N/A; ED: 70%
Until 4/11, PSA <.01; 4/11: .01; 6/11: .03
10/11 <.01; 02/12 <.02
ADT3 started 7/20; WPRT 39 sessions ended 10/14:
Pelvic lymph nodes: 45 Gy; Fossa 66 Gy; Prostate bed: 71.5 Gy.
Lymphedema: confirmed 05/12 as result of lymphadenectomy at time of RRP and whole-pelvic RT