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    Two weeks into the "waiting." Not cut out for this. I am a doer annd not a waiter, BUT I have to do this waiting. So much for the pity pot. I want to thank everyone on this site for any and all support, advice and comments. They help. And I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! God Bless All Of You!!!

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    Last Wednesday was a day to celebrate a little. I finished the radiation portion of my prostrate cancer treatment. 38 sessions. Now comes what I suspect will be the more nerve wracking part, Waiting three months to see if the cancer is gone. I have a CT scan scheduled for the end of February for this. In the meantime, I want to thank this website and all of the participants on it for the support and helpful suggestions. It means a lot to know that a person is not alone when facing something unfamiliar and unknown. I have learned a lot, not only about prostrate cancer and care, but about lifestyles, nutrition, and care. Thanks to all of you.

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      GENMAR47

      Pulling for you akoldtimer. I had to wait 3.5 months for my first PSA. It was nerve wracking, but worth the wait. PSA undetectable.

      about 5 years ago
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    Seven weeks of radiation "under the belt." Three more treatments to go. My last treatment will be the day before Thanksgiving. I am exhausted, but I hope I will have enough energy to at least sit at the table!

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    Tomorrow starts week SiX of the radiation. Fatigue is more predominate that last week, and appetite is not so good. Having a lot of visits to the bathroom yet, and also night sweats. Told the doctors about all of this, and adjustments were made on my medications to take care of it. Weather has been good, so my wife is thankful for the good road conditions to drive the 60 miles roundtrip for these treatments. Hope it continues for another three weeks.

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      bro

      Hang in there akoldtimer. I remember my 6th week. That's when the fatigue got to the point where I couldn't drive the 325 miles on weekends to go back home. Like you, I still had 3 weeks to go. Luckily family and friends drove me so I could be home on weekends. (What would we do without them?) I've been cancer free for a little over a year now. Everything in life is much clearer and I appreciate every aspect of life more than ever. This whole process has really opened my eyes. I'm praying for you, because I know how monotonous and sick the radiation treatments make us. But it does get better, so hang in there. I wish you the best of luck and continued family support throughout your journey. We are all pulling for you. Good luck buddy!

      about 5 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      Wishing you the best as you close this thing out. Let us know how you are doing this week.

      about 5 years ago
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    Two weeks into radiation, and I seem to be holding my own. Thanks to everyone for all the words of encouragement. Means a lot to know that a person isn't alone when in adverse conditions like this.

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      GregP_WN

      Glad to hear you are holding your own. Have you started feeling any fatigue yet?

      about 5 years ago
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      akoldtimer

      Definitely feeling the fatigue, but it feels more like just being tired from a long work day. I know this will change, though.

      about 5 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      That's the way I felt, I just wanted to go home and take a nap around 3pm, and I did, and all was good!

      about 5 years ago
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    One week of radiation done. Starting to get tired very easy. Wondering why my urine seems to smell stronger now. Is it due to the radiation, or are my senses becoming more acute? I have lost about four pounds as well--not that losing four pounds is a big deal for me--could stand to lose more yet.

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      Afterglow

      Fatigue is a part of the process, should improve after you complete the treatments. Note that fatigue is also part of hormone therapy if you are on that. Don't know about the urine smell as it was not something I encountered. Regarding weight loss, suggest you talk to your radiation oncologist about it. This also is a normal part of the treatment as you are destroying tissue and the body is working to counter it. While you may need to loose weight, it needs to be monitored. Your oncologist may want you to talk to a dietician about maintaining a high protein diet. Good luck.

      about 5 years ago