Sep 22, 2010 - 7:42 pm
I had my annual check up with my radiation oncologist this morning. It will be my last - unless another physician refers me again. Next year's annual will be at the "Survivors Clinic". This clinic's specialty is post treatment observation. They make sure cancer patients get all the appropriate follow-up tests and care needed. I am getting moved to this because I am approaching the 3 year mark and continue NED - thankfully! I heard about this clinic at the Cancer Survivors Day they hold every September at my cancer center.
The doctor said the back and leg pains I feel are probably from radiation damage at the base of the spine. The tissue pretty well repairs but may not act just right so that some nerves fire up at unusual times - like for instance when I lie on my side and gravity compresses my hips. He said this may gradually get a bit better over the years but not that much. Fortunately for me, it rarely goes even to pain level 3 (though it sometimes wakes me up) and is not constant.