Hi, I'm new to this forum. I was diagnosed Teal stage prostate cancer last February. I have no symptoms. I did a lot of research & decided to choose radiation treatment, was referred to our local cancer center for IG-IMRT, but my treatment got delayed trying to authorize SpaceOar hydrogel procedure first, my insurance denied covering the hydrogel. Since then another Radiolgist oncologist phoned me and offered to treat me with HDR brachytherapy out of town, in June or July with 2 treatments 2 weeks apart. My biopsies in January diagnosed Gleason score 3+3, but my PSA was 10.6 thus teal stage cancer. The new RO sent me 3 hours away to get a special MRI and it confirmed 3 small areas of cancer inside my prostate, my cancer has not spread outside my prostate and is slow growing.
I'm glad for the option of HDR brachytherapy; it's at a medical center that's a 3 hour drive over a mountain pass from me and I will need to drive myself back home when recovered enough. I can stay at a Ronald McDonald home close to the hospital before and after treatment, and my wife can drive me to the Ronald McDonald home after treatment to stay the night or nights. My question is: has anyone had the HDR brachytherapy and how long do you think I need before I can safely drive back home after the treatment? My wife will be with me each treatment, but she has vertigo and is unable to drive on the highways without getting dizzy. We're just trying to be as prepared as we can, before deciding on this treatment. Thank you so much for any suggestions.