Posted 5/10/2007 8:52 AM (GMT -6)
I'm finishing my third week of radiation (IMRT) and have not had any ill effects whatsoever. Everything is as normal as it was before radiation, I ever spread 15 yards of loam this past weekend without any problems. From research that I've done you usually don't have any side effects the first 3 or 4 weeks, after that you may experience fatigue and/or diarrhea.
The treatments are like getting a dental x-ray but longer. I'm sure everyone is different but my treatment consists of being lined up on the table (using 3 period sized tatoos for guides) and then having 2 or 3
x-rays to be sure I'm properly positioned. I am then "zapped" for about 30 seconds each from 7 different angles (360 degrees at every 45 degree angle except 180 degrees). You should have a full blatter during the procedure so I drink 24 oz. of water 1 to 1:15 hours before my treatment time. I only live 20 minutes away so I call before I leave the house (self employed, home based business) to make sure they're not backed up. If they are I just partially empty my blatter and drink more water.
Piece of cake so far.
PSA 2005 3.2, 2006 3.7
Biopsy 8/06, Gleason 6 (3+3), T1c
Post-Op Biopsy, Still Gleason 6 (3+3), T2c, right apical margin positive
IMRT (37 Treatments) Started 4/23/07