I had read everything I could find before starting ART and felt well prepared in advance, but still it hit me much worse than I had expected. Several sources had recommended stopping anti-oxidants as the free radicals are what kills the cancer cells. So I bought a bottle of cheap "basic survival" vitamins with minimal amounts of essential vitamins and minerals, and without the normal high levels of beta carotene, vitamin E and selenium. Even at that I do not take them every day.
But adjuvant radiation hit me pretty hard, having frequent problems with diarrhea, loose bowels and frequent urgency. My RO recommended that I stick with the dietary restrictions for an additional two weeks following conclusion of treatments on Monday...
no spiced meats, onions, tomato sauce, etc. He also said that the cancer cells will continue to die for another nine months, and I will be staying on HT for that period of time also.
The fatigue that hit me at week six combined with poor sleep from the diarrhea and reduced quality of nutrition has left me feeling very weak... I mean extremely
weak. I know that some advocate exercise to combat fatigue but I do have a physical disability to consider also. I am hoping that when I resume a normal diet and supplements (nothing extreme, just quality vitamins) that I will soon return to my normal level of vitality.
We have family visiting for Thanksgiving and for most of the month November, so I am hoping to return to normal fairly quickly, but do not want to counteract the continuing after effects of the treatments. A lot of work went into getting this far, and it seems I won't know for sure whether or not this even worked until three consecutive blood tests in the second half of 2018.
So any thoughts on when I should safely return to a normal nutritional regimen and when I might expect my energy level to improve? Thanks! /www.youtube.com/watch?v=IddP8AAIGTQ
2014-15: PSA's 9, 12, 20, 25... Neg DRE, Neg TRUS biopsy
6/16: MRI Fusion biopsy, Right Base, 2x40%+2x100% all G8 (4+4)
8/16: DaVinci RP, 6mm EPE, PNI, 25% G4, BL SVI, stage T3B N0M0
1/17: started 18 months Lupron ADT, PSA's ~.03
5/17: AMS800 AUS implanted, revised 5/30
39 tx RapidArc IMRT (70 Gy) Aug-Oct 2017
Age 66, recently retired to Florida 'just in time'