So today marks the last day of dads radiotherapy! 20 sessions done and dusted. I have to say time did go very quick. One of us went with him daily. The wait in the car wasn't too long. Luckily he controlled his diet really well so he didn't have any wind or any need to take meds which would make him empty his bowel. Once he was called in for treatment, he was in and out in 20mins maximum.
They have been pleased with how smoothly it all went. He will receive a follow up call in about 3 weeks time from the radiologist.
He has a telephone consultation with the Onco in February. He needs to have his PSA test done 2 weeks before so the Onco can read this and let us know how well the treatment has worked. I do remember a few people mentioned on here that the first PSA test maybe higher to due radiotherapy causing the PSA to jump up. Is that correct?
He has the last (we hope!) 4 weekly Zoladex implant mid December. After that his initial treatment will end and he will be monitored from then on.
Side effects wise, he has done really well up until now. We are aware that side effects could start at a later date. The only side effects he has is getting up nearly every hour at night to wee. He has had increased bowel movements too. Some days he is more tired than others. However, he has kept up with all the walking and the resistance exercises. He has also lost a bit of weight which the radiologist thinks is down to the diet and exercise.
The hot flushes are still there but he only gets a few in the mornings and they literally last a few seconds. He is still on sage and evening primrose x 2 daily.
So far the treatment really was not as bad as we thought and we hope he doesn't get any major side effects moving forward. We also hope the cancer is in remission.. time will tell i guess.
We would be absolutely lost without this group. I learnt sooo much and got so many tips which i passed on to dad.
I will post again with his PSA results.. what happens after all this now? Will it just be blood tests on going? Any scans?
Any post treatment advice would be fab.
Hope everyone is keeping well. Thanks again for all the support. Massively appreciated.