Jul 27, 2012 - 7:43 am
Hi. I feel the need to warn people about IMRT radiation treatment. My husband had this done with Calypso technology. He had 45 doses of radiation. He is also Stage 1 so his treatments were not agressive. About halfway through, he started experiencing a lot of pain when he had to go the bathroom. It burns to pee and hurts really bad to have a bowel movement because your insides becomes raw from the radiation. He finished his last treatment 2 months ago. The first month after treatment was a 9 or 10 on most days for his pain levels when he had to use the bathroom and he had cramping during the day. This morning (2 months later), I heard him screaming and then crying on the bathroom floor. My husband is only 60 and he is strong man. I've never seen him cry like this and it is heart-breaking. The doctors totally minimized the pain factor when they originally talked us into doing IMRT (which is more expensive) instead of Brachytherapy. We now wish we went with Brachy. If you have not chosen your treatment yet, please consider this carefully. I'm also scared to think how much longer this will be until his pain goes away and he can resume a normal life. The doctors are telling us that 3 months to recover is not unreasonable. I guess we have another month to go. If we knew upfront, we would have NEVER chosen IMRT. The good news is that it has a high success rate but so does Brachy.
Peace be with all of you!