Four months ago we were in your situation, unsure how radiotherapy would effect our lives, would it achieve the desired result, and from my point of view, how would my intensly private husband cope. In fact, while it is a very tiring experience, it was bearable, and yesterday our oncologist told us he was very pleased with the outcome. His PSA is now .03, and while HT in the form of three monthly implants, and daily Bicalmitude, will continue, probably for another two and a half years, we were told to go off and get on with the rest of our lives.
It is interesting to see from other posts how preparation for the treatment varies. Ray was told to use enemas daily, including weekends when he was not having treatment, he hated this and relished being a rebel and not using them Friday and Saturday! In fairness there was never a problem , although we did see several other patients having problems, and being sent out to sort out bowel and bladder difficulties before treatment could start. He was also asked to arrive one hour ahead of treatment, and to have his measured drink three-quarters of an hour before the treatment time. The actual radiotherapy was straightforward, and mostly ran to time, although one session ( he had 37), was cancelled due to machinery problems, we were phoned at 7 the previous evening.
Our appointments were all at or about ten in the morning, so arriving at the hospital by 9 meant at least that parking was not too difficult. It took nearly 20 minutes to park yesterday afternoon, that would have added to the stress in the morning!
We found the radiotherapy staff very kind and friendly, from the receptionists, who quickly got to recognise us, and all the other staff, and their caring attitude really helped. The general atmosphere of the waiting area was good, and I know Ray had several helpful conversations with
Our unit, a newish building built by MacMillan, has a bell to be rung by those finishing their treatment, and joining in the applause whenever it was rung was very moving, Definitely something to aim for and enjoy!
Good luck with your treatment.