Frankly I didn't choose Christie's as such. I live in South Cheshire and after consulting urologists in Manchester I found myself being told to go there. They have twelve suits in Radiology and as far as I know they are all V-Mat machines similar to the one I used.
I do realise that I was lucky and indeed the whole process was frankly very easy. I maintained my general health throughout. I drove myself to and from the hospital for all 20 fractions. Towards the end I had the odd nap in the afternoon but the only real side effect was inflammation of the bowel and rectum in the last three sessions. That was difficult as by the time it ended I couldn't pass anything, including wind. Christie's place a lot of faith in Fybrogel but when I read that it can promote trapped wind and bloating I thought it was the last thing I needed. However in the end I went with the advice and to say the least, the result wasn't pretty. The effect was the equivalent of taking a dose of Dettol and Napalm. I was bleeding a little for about a week but that cleared up and now, a month after treatment I am back to normal.
What I did find strange was that there was little if any change in urinary habits throughout the whole treatment plan. A little more frequency during the latter stages, especially at night, but again, no real ill effects. No passing of razor blades or pain. A little discomfort from the general inflammation maybe but again, a month later everything is back to normal.
The only other side effect I've noticed has been insomnia. That started about two weeks prior to RT and I presume was coincident with the second Prostap jab. One Nytol tablet at bed time seems to help but I found myself waking in the night with a flush and then not getting back to sleep. Again, that seems to be improving now.
They do say radio hits you hardest after completion of the course and I think it's fair to say I have felt more tired since completion but again, nothing compared to doing a few night Tenerife's or an Atlantic crossing when I was at work. Taking it easy and not pushing oneself soon seems to show good results.
In total all I had 60gy and two Prostap jabs. The whole process has been to me a journey that I've had to undertake but I've been lucky to have chosen my path and follow it on my own terms. I know that many reading this will be taking a much longer and more arduous trip but to anyone who is being told that RT has to be unpleasant then I hope I can show that need not be the case.
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