As some of you may know from previous comments in posts I was diagnosed with localised PC in September, Gleeson 7 (4+3), PSA 4.6 - see my profile for more. I opted for RT having decided the risk of incontinence from surgery was something I didn't want. My brother followed this route a couple of years ago (and got the all clear at his annual checkup last month) and we do seem to following mirror image paths. Have been on Prostap HT since October and second 3 month jab due next week, also on Tamsulosin.
Yesterday I had my preparation CT scan. This took rather longer than it should as he had to have 3 goes at the scan with me going to the loo to try to clear my bowels. So after 2.5 hours I had probably had my yearly dose of x-rays, but he got a good scan in the end. Came away with three little tattoo marks for the alignment. I am a bit puzzled that for these CT scans they want a full bladder so I ended up drinking 5 cups of water while I was there, but the bowels need to be totally empty - this didn't seem to be an issue when I had my MRI scan nor for that matter with the bone scan when I had to empty my bladder before the CT bit.
Maybe not a good sign, but I had a lousy night's sleep last night. Maybe my mind was active from all the days events, but I couldn't sleep and when I went to the loo (which I do anyway far too often) I could pass very little. It seems to be getting back to normal now, but I had a similar effect after my bone scan CT so is this a side effect of CT or is it rather more that the kidneys go into shock for drinking so much water in a short time so turn off?
I gather I will have to drink the same 3 glasses of water before each RT session so maybe this is a foretaste of things to come. First session of the four week course is on Jan 21st. At least I am very fortunate here, the RT clinic is just 5 minutes walk down the road, none of the long drives which many have to do. But if I do have retention issues A&E is a lot further away.
I will keep you posted on progress as it happens.