I drove to Jacksonville yesterday for my orientation.( 2.5 hr. drive) The storm had plenty of rain on the way and with the traffic so bad by the time I arrived my blood pressure was up.
First they checked my vitals. Everything ok except elevated BP.
Next was a meeting with financial counselor where I signed quite a few papers.
Next a meeteing with my case manager (registered nurse) where she went over all forms and I signed my life away and we played question and answer. She was a very nice lady and a pleasure to talk with. I drank two bottles of barium solution to prepare for a ct scan.
Next I meet with my Dr. He seemed a very nice guy but talked so soft I felt I was in a Disney movie. He told me the options I had which didn't see like much.. He said my prostate was so large that seeding was out of the question. He then turned to radiation. With the prostate so large a 5.5 week proton treatment was out of the question because the amount of radiation used in a 5.5 week treatment was 25% more per treatment than per treatment of a 8 week plan and would increase chance of damage to other areas. He also said he wasn't sure if they would treat me because with such a large prostate that damage to rectum and bladder may be to great. He want's me to go back in two weeks and have the markers inserted and the body mold made. At that point they will do the bone scan and then a panel of Dr.s will decide if I will get treatment or not. I was told that I have a 80% chance of being alive in 15 years if I have nothing done. However a 99% chance if I take proton treatment and everything goes as they hope.
Next over to Shans for the CT scan. This was a breeze since the staff was so friendly and talkative. From here I went to have a chest x ray and then was out of there. It was still raining and I headed back to Cocoa..
That's it in a nutshell.. Not sure what they will do so I guess it's up in the air for now..
1 in 12 positive at 10%