• recovery time after radiation

    Asked by wldflwrgoddess on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    recovery time after radiation

    My friend is preparing for 9 weeks of radiation.His prostate was removed 10 years ago, but after a recent checkup his Dr recommended radiation.....I would like to hear from men who have gone thru this...thank you

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    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I met many men while waiting for my own radiation treatment for uterine cancer. They seemed to be doing well with their treatment, one of them drinking coffee every morning during his wait. For me, the radiation to the abdoman really upset my stomach. I could hardly drive to my treatments because I was in the restroom frequently. One of the men I spoke with told me that he was fighting a recurrance and that was why he was getting radiation. He had had the surgery many years prior as well. He told me his doctor assured him that he would probably die of old age, not the cancer. So, it sounded promising.

      over 4 years ago
    • wldflwrgoddess' Avatar
      wldflwrgoddess

      Thanks so much for your response

      over 4 years ago
    • jrh43's Avatar
      jrh43

      I was treated for Prostate cancer 13 years ago with surgery. My cancer also returned after about 10 years. My doctor also recommended radiation and after three more years, my PSA started to creep upward. My post radiation PSAs were .02, .01, .04, .07 and most recently, 12. After six more months, I'm to have another blood test today. Will let you know how it turns out.

      over 4 years ago
    • mikeh's Avatar
      mikeh

      I went through radiation treatment a year ago. I was 68. My prostate was removed 5 years before. Like all of this process everyone is different developing different effects. The 2 side effects I had were fatigue and gas after I was about 50% complete. For the fatigue I started paying close attention to the recommended diet and B-12. The nurse recommended Gas-x for the gas. Neither effect was overwhelming. The gas problem lasted a couple of months and the fatigue 6-8 months. My PSA has been nil since. My Urologist checks it every 3 months. I hope he has no side effects.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ross' Avatar
      Ross

      My 2 months of radiation were about 3 months after surgery and that was 5 years ago. I had my incontinence under control at that time. My biggest issue was fatigue and after a couple months my strength was mostly back. Today I exercise, play tennis, try to eat a good diet and get enough sleep. I was also on hormone therapy then. So far psa is >.02 and hoping it stays that way.
      Best to your friend. A survivor, Ross

      over 4 years ago
    • wldflwrgoddess' Avatar
      wldflwrgoddess

      Thank you! My friend lives by himself and the family lives out of town. We are trying to figure out how best to help him and how to support him. It's my understanding that the last few weeks of radiation are very fatiguing. Any advice?

      over 4 years ago
    • bro's Avatar
      bro

      By the end of my 9 weeks of radiation, I was extremely fatigued. Luckily I had a supportive wife and family. If I were living alone like your friend, I think offering to go get him groceries, or help clean the house, or do his laundry and offering for him to take a nap would be very helpful and extremely hard for him to turn down. Just having people like you that care is so comforting. Knowing that necessary jobs are getting done while he's able to rest would put me out like a light. The comfort is knowing you care enough to do this for him. He will be eternally grateful. You sound like the kind of friends we all need. Best of luck to all of you.

      over 4 years ago
    • jrh43's Avatar
      jrh43

      Radiation treatment didn't lead to extreme fatigue in my case. To be safe, my wife drove me to and from the final few treatments but I exercise a lot and so it wan't really necessary.

      over 4 years ago

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