Today I met with the rad. oncologist, and I don't have to have surgery!! Hallelujah!! Good news on Good Friday!! I'm to have a series of 20 radiation treatments to the prostate to shrink it and stop the invasion of the bladder and rectum, and reduce the pain.
So today they had me lie on the table with a series of CT scans, then pulled my incontinence briefs all of the way down to my pubic hair (the little bit that's left of it) and drew targetting crosses on my abdomen and hips, and they made a mold of my body from the waist down to hold me in position for the treatments. I had to have my back braces off, so it was quite painful, lying on the table, but I managed to hold as still as possible.
But it wasn't as painful as it would have been, since my morning dose of morphine was doubled by my palliative care nurse, and the Dilaudid I have for breakthrough pain. I was thoroughly exhausted, though, and had to take a nap immediately when I got home.
It's such a relief, as the radonc told me at the first consult that he was worried about a stoma opening up with radiation and the danger of infection. They said that there is still some risk, but I'd rather risk it than have my bladder removed and a colostomy.
It's going to be difficult to go to the cancer center every day, with all of the fatigue that I have, but I'll manage. Luckily, the prostate hadn't yet pushed into the bladder again like it had at first when diagnosed, blocking the ureters---the ADT had shrunk it, and it was on the way to growing again, so we caught it in time.
I wish everyone a happy and blessed Easter, and a wonderful weekend those who don't celebrate Easter.