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    Old 06-21-2020, 11:25 AM   #1
    guitarhillbilly
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    IMRT Update

    The gift that keeps on giving: Radiation Dermatitis.
    The other short term side effects have cleared up but RD still loves hanging around.Using about every cream and lotion known to man and that helps treat the symptoms but the RD does not go away. On Lupron for another 18 months.
    [2 months post IMRT]

    Do not regret doing IMRT regardless of the long term outcome.
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    T2a / Gleason Score 8 / PSA at Diagnosis 6.9 /
    1-5 aggressive score : 4
    12 cores= 4 positive
    NBS = Negative
    Pelvic CT= Negative
    Pelvic MRI= Negative
    Completed 42 IMRT Sessions
    Lupron scheduled for 2 years

     
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    Old 06-23-2020, 08:28 PM   #2
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    Re: IMRT- Prostate

    Compared to what I read on various forums from men who had RP, your issues are pretty trivial.

    Not to imply that you shouldn’t be annoyed, but, wow, the posts about incontinence, ED, penis shortening, climacturia, and other results of surgery, should reinforce your choice of treatment.

     
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    Old 06-24-2020, 10:06 AM   #3
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    Re: IMRT- Prostate

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    Compared to what I read on various forums from men who had RP, your issues are pretty trivial.

    Not to imply that you shouldn’t be annoyed, but, wow, the posts about incontinence, ED, penis shortening, climacturia, and other results of surgery, should reinforce your choice of treatment.
    I would not call constant severe itching and edema in the crack of one's *** and the buttocks on each side trivial.[ Diaper Rash ++ ] The creams and lotions make it tolerable and sometimes a couple of Tylenol.
    BTW - Lupron SHRUNK EVERYTHING gentials in my case. Lupron gives new meaning to the movie title : "Honey, I shrunk the Kids". Hopefully it is reversible after I'm off Lupron 6 months or a year.

    I'm still very glad that I chose the IMRT / ADT road over surgery regardless of the long term results. One of my co -workers had a RP done almost 2 years ago and he still is leaking urine. Not Good.
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    T2a / Gleason Score 8 / PSA at Diagnosis 6.9 /
    1-5 aggressive score : 4
    12 cores= 4 positive
    NBS = Negative
    Pelvic CT= Negative
    Pelvic MRI= Negative
    Completed 42 IMRT Sessions
    Lupron scheduled for 2 years

     
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    Old 06-24-2020, 11:39 AM   #4
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    Re: IMRT- Prostate

    Some humor in everything, I suppose. You refer to "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and I think of the "Amazing Shrinking Man". Need to correct that to "Incredible Shrinking Man".

    Julie used to like to play with the jewels, now can hardly find them for all the surrounding tissue. My testicles are the only items that were shrunk due to lupron. I'm working hard to make sure the other doesn't.

    Two more months and we see what returns and what changes. I've been very lucky so far and you are doing pretty well, too, compared to the crap the other gents have endured.

    Best of luck to you.
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    Diagnosed at age 73 Feb 2019 DRE indicates nodule PSA 2.8
    Aug 2019 PSA 3.1, urologist suggests biopsy in Oct

    Results of biopsy: 2 of 12 cores positive. Low volume T2b, intermediate risk, GS 3+4, PSA 3.10, prostate cancer, perineural invasion. Followed up with MRI to help decide between surgery and IMRT. MRI shows suspicious PIRADS 5 lesion measuring 2.cm in diameter, with associated left neurovascular bundle involvement. Started 6 month lupron series Feb 2020, 28 sessions of high dose IMRT Apr 15, 2020

    Side effects, loss of libido, emotional, infrequent warm flashes. The emotional side seems most obvious. Sexual functions okay except ejaculate has changed and without libido it is an academic process that requires much focus.

     
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    Old 06-24-2020, 10:41 PM   #5
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    Talking Re: IMRT- Prostate

    Just thought a little humor would fit and the parts shrunk are 1/2 of the procreation process. [Thus "shrinking the kids" ]
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    T2a / Gleason Score 8 / PSA at Diagnosis 6.9 /
    1-5 aggressive score : 4
    12 cores= 4 positive
    NBS = Negative
    Pelvic CT= Negative
    Pelvic MRI= Negative
    Completed 42 IMRT Sessions
    Lupron scheduled for 2 years

     
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