Well, I am happy to say, I had my fifth and final SBRT treatment at MSK in NYC on 11/15. It was a great feeling to ring the "treatment completion" bell that they have set up there as I was on my way out (see pic).
Before the final treatment, I had a meeting with Dr. Zelefsky and his NP to discuss the plan going forward, and at this point, I'm basically having a PSA test three months from now. It'll be great to get my full energy back now and focus on exercising.
My final treatment was right on schedule, so I drank the full cup of water and was on the table under the machine about 35 minutes later. Again, the initial scanning/prep was about 10 minutes and then the treatment itself was about another 10 minutes.
As mentioned, the main side effects I had during the treatment were increased urgency regarding urination and an increased burning sensation during urination as the treatment went on (the burning really ramped up after treatment #3).
Prior to my fifth treatment, I submitted urine for a urinalysis to rule out any urinary tract infection (UTI), and that test came back negative.
My goal now is to take a deep breath and resume practicing my "mindfulness" -- I know with prostate cancer, there is always something to worry about and overthink, but now that I m through with this part of the journey, I've got to get my head back to "enjoying life right as it happens" and focus on what I can control.
I hope these posts have been helpful. I know a lot of men with prostate cancer spend a lot of time researching and reading about the scientific/medical aspects of treatment. I figured an "on the ground" report of the actual experience of going through a specific treatment would be helpful to those seeking firsthand accounts.
If anyone has any questions and is more comfortable contacting me through private emails, that is fine too.
Thanks very much to everyone who read and commented on these posts. I surely appreciate it!