Prior to my latest SABR treatment I persuaded my GP to allow me a pre treatment PSA test. PSA is up from 4.8 to 6.2 in ten weeks, but the rate of rise is slightly down.I finished my fifth SABR treatment yesterday.
A boring review of my SABR treatment more for my records. Planning scan with contrast, all went well in and out within half an hour.My treatment is to the precaval lymph node so the bowel empty/ full, bladder empty/full does not apply.
First SABR treatment on the table , they use the skin scanning to position me. A quick scan followed by the treatment,no issues.
Second SABR treatment, the first scan showed the bowel slightly in the target area, so off the table and a walk round, back on the table bowel still to close, abandoned the treatment and come back Monday.
So still second treatment on the Monday. First scan, bowel too close ,off the table peppermint tea and a walk round, back on the table and another scan ,off the table and another walk round, third scan okay, treatment done.
Third treatment, after not eating for four hours,on the table first scan no good, off the table and walk round, back on the table and two scans still no go, just about to go back on the table and one of the radiology staff are taken ill. Third time on the table and after three scans and some input and adjustments from the physicist who had been asked to attend , I finally got the treatment. Three hours after arriving I left for home.
Fourth treatment, nothing to eat for six and a half hours, on the table, two scans and off the table for another walk round. Back on the table three scans a bit of adjustment treatment delivered.
On Sunday while in the garden I tried to step up onto a raised flower bed and I pulled something in my left knee, because my choice of painkillers gives me constipation I didn't risk taking anything before my next SABR treatment.
Fifth treatment again nothing to eat for six and a half hours fortunately only one visit to the table. It took two scans and a bit of adjustment before the treatment finally went ahead.
I think the initial upset stomach caused by the bicalutamide has settled down, aches to joints seem worse. I see the oncologist on Monday for a post treatment review. Then another waiting game before we know the outcome