My husband had his final radiation treatment on December 23rd for his Prostate Cancer. He did good during the treatment. I made sure he followed his diet and he had only a couple 'minor' side effects.
The first one was going more often to the bathroom, and the other one was being tired all the time. He had his treatment early in the morning( 7 Am) but he worked 2nd shift (from 2 to 10). We are not sure if he was tired from the treatment, from the interrupted sleep or a combination of both.
He hasn't gotten his bloodwork done yet, but it should happen soon. But it is still to early to tell if the treatment worked.
As for the sexual issue, he is starting to get a 'feeling' back (lol)- but it is not 'up' completly. But that's ok, I can wait - as long as it takes - just as long he has beaten the cancer.
My question now is, what if he didn't beat it? What are his next options? I know I'm jumping ahead and I should not worry until I have something to worry about. But I can't help it. He is only 45 years young. After he had the surgery (back in Feb 2008), I was so optimistic and now, I'm more worried then ever and think the worse that could happen. He is dealing with it better then I am. there are times I can just sit down and cry. I start getting depressed and I can't confide in my (very best) friend, she does not understand....just by her comments......but I would not have known what to say if the shoe would have been on the other foot.
How do other spouses deal with this?