Contributed by: Gerry
Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2009
This is about my experiences with treatment for prostate cancer. The first advice I would give you is that since I underwent 5 weeks of direct radiation therapy, is to follow the instructions on dietary restrictions, very, very carefully. If you do this I think you’ll have a minimum of discomfort. They want a no-fiber diet because fiber in the intestinal track does cause problems when you receive the radiation therapy. I followed this very, very strictly and received a minimum amount of discomfort. The other thing that I did was to eat white rice on a regular basis, and this seemed to eliminate the diarrhea problems.
My experience with weight loss was interesting. In the first 2-3 weeks of the radiation treatments I was eating quite a lot and losing weight. By the end of the 5 week period I had gained back the weight I lost, plus about 3 pounds.
The second phase of my treatment was the seed implant. This was done under a general anesthesia so I really didn’t feel anything when they did the procedure. However, once that was accomplished I was put on an anti-inflammatory medication that unfortunately was steroid-based and this did cause me some problems with inability to sleep, being very tense, aggressive personality, and I was hungry all of the time. In the process of taking this medication for 3 weeks I gained another 10 pounds. To me this was the worst part of the whole treatment regime. But now that is 3 months into the past I am beginning to feel better and I’ve just recently found that my PSA has gone from 8 to 1. So I guess the bottom line is that it was worth it all.
I wish everyone who is going through this treatment regime the best of luck, keep up your spirits, have a positive attitude, and you too can get good results.