• Will start 39 treatments of radiation soon. Please share your experiences with side effects, success with treatment etc?

    Asked by GoGo on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Will start 39 treatments of radiation soon. Please share your experiences with side effects, success with treatment etc?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I had radiation to the neck, throat, head, chest so I can't help you with those side effects for your specific cancer. But I wanted to wish you well. Others that have PC will be along to help you soon.

      5 months ago
    • bro's Avatar
      bro (Best Answer!)

      GoGo

      I had 44 radiation treatments back in 2013. They didn't remove my prostate because it had spread to my lymph nodes and seminal vessels. My Oncologist said with the precise radiation treatments, he thought it would take care of the problem, along with 3 years of hormone therapy afterwards. The first couple of weeks weren't too bad. After that, the radiation really started to loosen bowels and really affected my urinary tract. After the third week, I started noticing the drowsiness. Weeks 4 through 6 I felt completely drained. I didn't drive over about 20 miles, because I was so tired. My wife and I noticed my memory getting worse although my Oncologist thought it was caused because of medication rather than radiation. However, I've been cancer free for over 5 years now. It was a long 6 weeks, but I had a lot of support from family, friends and my church. There will be days you won't think it's worth it, but hang in there,It IS worth it. I wish you the best of luck throughout your journey.

      5 months ago
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      GoGo

      Thank you guys for the information and good wishes.

      5 months ago
    • Ross' Avatar
      Ross

      Treatments effect us all in different ways, but here's my experience. Feb. '10 I had my prostatectomy. Afterward it was determined that I needed further treatment. I soon after started with hormone therapy. By May of '10 I started daily radiation treatments. They lasted until July of same year. The radiation process was tiring but did not cause me other problems, thankfully. One great benefit from my experience with the radiologist group was that they also dealt with my future diet and need for a regimen of regular resistant exercise. I stayed on hormone therapy for about 5 years. Some side effects still persist after 9 years. I just turned 79 and I feel good, I try to eat right, play singles tennis twice a week, exercise at a fitness gym and am thankful for life - every day.
      My best to you and others as you work through this life changing event.
      A survivor, Ross

      5 months ago

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