Here is an update on my SBRT Treatment.
First 2 weeks after treatment - little to no symptoms
Weeks 3 and 4 I had some urinary frequency, bowel frequency, and a few bloody stools.
Symptoms now gone. I do urinate 1-2 times at night, but prior to treatment it was 2-3 times. No sexual issues.
I received the results from my 1st post treatment PSA test today - 4.3. Moving in the right direction. Great news. Hoping for a long, slow, and bumpy decline (since I read that this is the best option for optimum results).
So I have had 2 biopsies, a fiducial placement, CT Scan, and MRI. The worst part of the entire ordeal so far has been the catheter installed for the CT scan and the MRI. The MD installed a catheter and filled me up with saline for the CT Scan. It remained in place for about
3 hours waiting for the MRI scan later that day. Very unpleasant. I have much respect for the surgery guys - I can't imagine wearing a catheter for weeks or more.
One observation / recommendation: Ask for and read your medical records. Several of you may recall that I did not see eye-to-eye with my urologist, who was strongly recommending treatment before I was ready, with an emphasis on surgery. I asked for all of the records on Mychart. I am very sorry to report that the records were primarily a CYA exercise. Lots of things in the report that were never said in the meetings. It was quite an eye-
opener. If you and your physician are not "clicking," get the reports. You will probably be very surprised at what you read.
Cheers. Going to celebrate with a lager.
PSA 8/13 8.2; 10/13 7.6; 4/14 7.4; 11/14 8.3; 12/14 8.2; 11/15 8.4;
Biopsy 1/16: 1 @ 20% G6: 1 @ 10% G6; 2 @ < 5% G6; 2 Clear
PSA 6/16 7; 12/16 9; 10/17 10.5; 11/17 11.9
TRUS biopsy 1/18: 1 @ 40% G6; 1 @ 30% G6; 1@ 5% G6; 1@ 10% G6; 2 Clear
SBRT 4/23-26/18 at UNC-CH; 38 gys in 4 fractions
PSA 7/18 4.3;
Post Edited (3 putt) : 7/28/2018 9:11:38 AM (GMT-6)