Here's the anwers to your questions:
With respect to seed used, let me check to be sure I give you the right answer - I need to consult my cancer journal. We did not have a choice, the doctor preferred to use a specific seed as she felt the yielded the best results - we trust her medical opinion.
You are deemed to be "in treatment" for six months - every two months the seed lose half their life.
Recovery room did use ice packs to reduce swelling. We continued to use them at home when needed (they were actually gel packs which are more comfortable that ice packs). My husband didn't use them very long.
There was (obviously) discomfort for the first day - the ride home was uncomfortable - get yourself an air cushion or rubber ring -they help. He was able to sit and stand but experimented with what chairs were most comfortable. If you have your cushion and/or ring you're set.
He didn't suffer any incontinence. We had sample pads but I dont' think he ever used them. I did, however, purchase a good mattress cover for nights - just in case - but no problem there either.
Anticipation of pain/burning made peeing worse that it was - ask for Flomax - it made everything flow easier and once you realize it doesn't hurt, your body naturally relaxes and thing start to get back to normal.
I hope this sets you at ease a little, if you have any more questions, just let me know, I'm happy to help.
Hi JustJulie, Thanks for answering my questions.
At this point, I would be content to get through the ordeal with similiar impact as that of your Husband, Hopefully not more. I have read of some bad experiences.
Comments: I can tell from your time reference that the Seed used was Iodine. it has a Half Life of 60 days.
I have a prescript
ion for Flomax that I got approved to see if it helps and it did. I will take your advice and get a cushion, we already have the ice packs.
The reason that I asked about
the type of Seed is that I am aware of three seeds that can be used; Iodine(half life 60 days), Palladium(half life 17 days), and Cesium(half life 10 days). The last was approved in 2004 and only a few clinics are licensed to use it. Iodine came first then Palladium which has been in use for 10+ yrs.
Cost is more for Palladium and Cesium. All are approved by the FDA and Medicare.
I am not sure just what determines the use of a particular seed. Maybe it is tied to the half life.
I assume that the radiation is expended quicker and stronger over a shorter time with a shorter half life seed and therefore is out of the system in a shorter time, thus less impact in the long term.
If anyone has an answer to the last questions/statements, please post.
One thing that leans me toward a seed implant is the fact that it is a one day procedure and you go home, and there is no cutting.
A question about
the preparation: Did the Doctor do the mapping the same day just before the implant or was it done a day or week before. One clinic that I am aware of uses a method called "Interoperative Seed Tracking" which states that a more accurate placing of the seeds is achieved. It is done just before Implant.
Thanks again for your help. Keep up the good work, we all know that it takes time, but we surely do appreciate it. Toby