My husband recently underwent hdr mono brachytherapy treatment. Thought there might be men on this forum considering this treatment option who might find his experience of use.
His first treatment was on 13 January. Admitted to hospital at 7 am on the morning of his procedure. Under general anaesthetic for over 6 hours, catheter removed whilst in recovery room. Consultant said the procedure was “textbook” and he was discharged on the Tuesday morning. He was prescribed Tamsulosin for his urine flow and ibuprofen as pain relief. He was surprised how tired the anaesthetic made him feel for a few days but the other side effects of the treatment were as we expected - urinating more often, including at night, a burning feeling when he urinated and blood in his urine. He was back driving on the Wednesday and was even able to go out for a family meal on the Thursday evening.
For the second treatment on 20 January the procedure was shorter (only four hours) so he recovered far quicker from the anaesthetic. He did however need the catheter to remain in overnight this time to wash the bladder out. He did not like this one bit and was relieved when it was removed 6am the following morning before being discharged later that morning. He found the side effects more intense after the second treatment but fortunately they seemed to calm down by Saturday and he felt well enough to go back to work on Monday.
So relieved that the treatment is finally over. As far as we are concerned we chose the best option FOR US. With only partial nerve sparing on offer if we would have gone down the surgery route this seemed to us the option with fewer side effects. We are however aware that it is very early days and several side effects may become more of a problem further down the road.
Next PSA test the first week of March followed by an appointment to see the consultant on the 12th.
Edited by member 18 Jan 2021 at 20:05
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