Hello Kongo ,VGama & ALL wanting to follow my journey. I took the advice of Kongo & will post my journey on this site.
A few details> Original PSA was 55 , Gleason score of 9. Both Bone scan & MRI were clear-no metastasis. Also had a cystoscopy & confirmed nothing spread to the bladder. Had 3 gold seeds inserted into the prostrate January 12,2011 which will act as a GPS to guide the radiation beam to the prostrate. Latest PSA after two shots of Firmagon was>4.1 Got a third shot in the stomach 0n Jan.26th --in a month I'll see what the new PSA reading is--
hoping it goes to zero especially with the radiation treatments helping it along. The prostrate also shrank & was 17 grams vs. original of 30.
Yesterday -January 28,2011 I was told I will be receiving a wide beam dose of radiation (180 Grey) with 80 concentrated to the prostrate. (I was very concerned with the high dosage & questioned it)This will cover the siminal vesicles & lymph nodes in case any microscopic cells are located there. I was also told-The higher dose to the prostrate alone is to help assure the cancer doesn't return in years to come.
After some research, I accepted it & just for info> according to CURE magazine ---radiation is the NEW surgery without using a knife.
Two sessions were held prior to the start of actual radiation. One was to make a form fitting mold of my upper torso, apply 3 very small tattoos(size of a freckle)to the area being treated again for alignment of the form assuring I'm in the same position every day--similar to a jig if your a machinist.
The second was a simulation run to take X-ray pictures for proper mapping of the beam. Treatment day> you undress in a private room (remove everything from the waist down--you can keep your shirt & shoes on)--I was given a gown & a sheet to wrap around myself due to the open rear. I laid on a table with the VARIAN machine directly above me , the technicians adjusted me via moving the sheet around & adjusted the table to line up all the marks,the body cast was installed & the technicians left the room. They stay behind a 5 ft. thick wall but can talk to me with a microphone etc.-pictures are also on monitors they watch. The machine made two 90 degree arcs on both sides of my body --I didn't feel a thing & it was over (time -less than 10 min.) Forgot to mention I had to drink 16oz. of water prior to start --this helps keep the bladder out of the way. Got up, went to dressing room & left. So far so good--no discomfort but realize this was my first treatment. Hopefully this initial dose killed some of the cancer cells. Cordially