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    Simpleman asked a questionProstate Cancer

    Has your radiation treatment center closed up for now?

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      I have heard of some people saying that they have been postponed. Others are saying the clinic is choosing who has to come in and who can wait. It's a little unnerving, to say the least.

      3 months ago
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    Simpleman asked a questionProstate Cancer

    Guys, my doc says he will have to put a catheter in me for a couple of weeks.

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      My Dad had a catheter for years when he had prostate cancer. His had to be changed monthly. I can't say first-hand how much it hurt, but I watched it be changed a couple of times and I'll just say that it wasn't an easy routine by any measure. I hope yours is smooth as it can be.

      over 1 year ago
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      Simpleman, not a big deal at all, no pain to insert or remove, I have Metastatic Prostate Cancer for 4 yrs now and have had catheterization 5 times thru my journey...worked and played with a leg bag strapped to thigh...insist on that..not the heavy bag you have to carry around with you..

      over 1 year ago
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      I had a catheter in place for 9 or 10 days following my prostatectomy. That was 6 years ago, but my recollection was that it wasn't so much painful as it was just really uncomfortable. I do remember that bending over to tie my shoes hurt enough that I had to have someone tie them for me and that I was counting down the days and hours when it would be removed. I'm sure it's different for everyone. Between the prostate biopsy, being crammed in an MRI tube for 45 minutes w/ a rectal coil in place, the fear of what was then the unknown, the surgery, the catheter, the recovery... I thought the biopsy was the worst. I'm not gonna sugar coat it, having cancer sucks. But for me, facing it and dealing with it head-on was the way to go. I agree with Whitey61, insist on the leg bag. Oh, and underwear modeling is probably out while you have it. That made my Dr. laugh hard enough that he probably wished at that moment that he had a catheter or at least diapers on. Find something to laugh about every day. Good luck on your journey.

      over 1 year ago
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    Simpleman asked a questionProstate Cancer

    I'm curious about your treatments, did you have radiation and chemo at the same time?

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      I had chemo and radiation at the same time. 4 rounds of chemo, 30 rounds of radiation. My cancer had a high likely hood of spreading. It wasn't easy, my radiation was to the chest so I had esphogeal pain towards the end of my radiation. The side effects of radiation woild be different for your kind of radiation. Dont be afraid to take your anti nausea meds. If you question your doctor a second opinion never hurts.

      over 1 year ago
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      Mine was chemo first, then radiation. The second diagnosis was chemo only, the third diagnosis was radiation only.

      over 1 year ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      I had immunotherapy- radiation - immunotherapy. My medical oncologist said getting both radiation and immunotherapy at the same time made the side effects of each worse.

      over 1 year ago
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