Dec 13, 2011 - 8:33 pm
I said I would post as my radiation progressed but it has been rather uneventful.
I just completed my 25 rounds of pelvic radiation today (whoopee) and I’m happy to report, no major side effects. I have some burning when I urinate and stools are a little softer and more frequent, but it never made me feel fatigued and I worked straight through. I am getting three sessions of brachytherapy starting Friday and then I’ll be done until chemo starts again at the end of January. Having reached the insurance cap on how much I have to pay for the year, I can’t tell you how stressed I’ve been about getting this radiation done before the end of the year.
As it’s been explained to me, brachytherapy should take no longer then a couple of hours at most, and probably less. I will have to be catheterized for the first treatment, as apparently they measure how much radiation is hitting your bladder, but the second and third treatment don’t sound all that invasive.
I was also finally told about the dilator and was told I would have to use it, possibly for the rest of my life. I contemplated how silly it was for me to spend the next several decades using it to keep myself “open” when if finally occurred to me that I might not have several decades of life left. Funny how our mind insulates us from the reality of our prognosis as we go about our day to day lives.
Anyway, just wanted to let those just starting treatment, that for me anyway, radiation was a piece of cake.