LifeNow

Mostly, just a journal for family and friends - password has been temporarily suspended.

That's where I am as of today's radiation therapy. Today I also got blood tests taken and my second – and last – Lupron pellet was inserted for the final three months of hormone therapy. Just before posting, when I checked the MSK portal, I saw that my PSA had dropped to zero – as expected, but nice to see!

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As of today, I've completed 27 of the required 40 radiation sessions. On Thursday, the radiation therapy shifted from radiating the entire pelvis to simply radiating the area surrounding the prostate location. What that means is less radiation my tissues have to deal with and even somewhat shorter sessions. It also means a reduction in what my radiation oncologist, Dr. Shasha, calls 'the laxative effect' of radiation aimed at the pelvis.

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As of now, I have completed 22 of the 40 radiation therapy sessions. The prior week of therapies has been very routine, and coupled with fewer digestive issues than I had initially.

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Radiation therapy sessions are now pretty much routine and, to the credit of MSK, the sessions are

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Of course, yesterday was actually Friday, July 2 – but for me it was radiation therapy session number thirteen.

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As of yesterday I have completed 20% of the required therapies.

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Last week was my first week of radiation therapy – though not a full week. The first session was Wednesday, so I completed three sessions. Today I completed one more, so I've finished 10% of the required sessions – four of forty. Yay!

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On Friday I finally had my 'radiology simulation,' which resulted in a plastic cast of my pelvis. Then I spend a long time getting MRI scans. Finally, when at back at home Friday evening I saw that I now have forty radiation sessions scheduled, starting on June 16.

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Summary: As of today, May 28, I have completed the first of six months of hormone therapy. Two months of radiation therapy will begin in June. I have no problem sharing this with anyone as long as it is not taken as a life-threatening issue in front of me now. It's not – it's the distant future I'm dealing with. I'm taking a gamble aimed for both longer and better quality of life in the next decade or more...unless I get hit with a car while crossing the street tomorrow. :–)

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On Wednesday (Apr 28) I got a lot more info during a telehealth call with the radiation doctor. Dr. Shasah was following up on prior Wednesday's three tests – a full-body MRI, a pelvis CT scan and full-body nuclear medicine imaging.

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