Posted 5/11/2013 9:59 PM (GMT -7)
I just finished last week after 38 sessions, You can do it, so many of us have. It isn't the worst thing that I have experienced.
Next week, I would assume you will have something like I did, an ultrasound and a CT scan. They will be making a body cast from your waist down to your feet, including your feet, so they will make sure you will be in the same position as when they first did the CT scan and did all the programming of how they will administer your radiation so they will not damage any vital organs. I was surprised at how many professionals were in the CT room. They had two physicists, two Rad. Oncologists, a radiation tech and there was someone else I had no idea of who they were. They all came into agreement at which angles and planes they were going to develop the computer treatments.
They also gave me three tattoos. One on each side of my hips, one below my navel. These tattoos are to help them align you under the laser lights before they start each radiation session.
I had no idea of the lower body cast had even been made until I showed up for my first session. I was blown away with the amazing care, compassion, willingness to educate me what was going on, the checking and double checking to make sure i was in the correct position.
Ask all the questions you want to learn about the entire process. I found them my group so willing to take the time and explain what all was going on, what all the computers in the room were for, the laser lights, etc.
On my first treatment, they aligned me on the carbon fiber table, wheeled me over to the CT scanner, did the CT scan (they overlay the current day CT over the very first one to make sure all your organs are in the same place, the computer then does it thing and tells the techs exactly what adjustments need to be made on the table, higher, lower, etc. After, they have you in the exact position, they will leave the room and the radiation begins. I had nine positions where they shot the radiation through me each time. The techs watch you through cameras to make sure all is well.
The entire process took me about 45 minutes.
The first 28 treatments were to the entire pelvic region including the lymph nodes, the last ten were to the abandon prostate bed after the prostate snatchers took it out.
I was anxious about the entire process, but so relieved when it was all over. You will find, it isn't so bad. All you have to do is show up at the right time over the course of the treatments.
They have made such great developments and advancements to prevent unneeded damage.
I would be willing to talk with you in more detail if you would like. Just shoot me an email with your contact information and I will do the same.
I have been out one week and just did a twelve mile bike ride today. It felt great and I can wait to get more energy back and ride even farther.
DRE Positive, Tumor Left Apex, Biopsy 7 out of 12 positive, Gleason 9 (5+4) both sides, Dx 2/15/11,
RRP 4/27/11. Pathology, 25% cancer, PCa in margins, lymph node, seminal vesicles, pt3bI, One lymph node positive
12-19-12 Lost my less than sign on my ultra-senstivie PSA test. Currently 0.01
1st Lupron Shot (45 mg) and Cassodex on January 11, 2013
IMRT Scheduled for 38 sessions.