In last Friday’s post ‘10+‘, I concluded with the following –
The pain in my right groin area has increased. This first started with just an occasional pain and now is constant. This groin pain as well as my other pains is affecting my walking, sitting and standing and I have extreme difficulty sleeping at night. I currently am experiencing many different pains daily and they are all becoming worse.
My current cancer, pain and health condition were discussed with the Radiation Oncologist Dr. M.
I will update you on Monday with the results of this appointment.
Thank you everyone who sends prayers, thoughts and hugs every day – they are appreciated.
In today’s post, I write the following –
My discussion with Radiation Oncologist Dr. M. was a positive one. He feels that I would benefit from receiving radiation. Thursday of last week, I had an appointment for a Simulation & Treatment Planning. The simulation involved me being placed into my “treatment position”, for which I will use for every radiation treatment. I then had 3 small permanent ink dots called ‘tattoos” place on my treatment area that will be used to ensure the positioning and accuracy of my daily treatment.
I will receive between 15 to 18 radiation treatments that will begin Monday, June 12. These treatments will be for 5 days a week with weekends off.
The possible side effects include fatigue, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, urinary frequency, burning with urination, rectal irritation, skin irritation at the treatment site and vaginal irritation. There are several of these I do not have to be concerned with; vaginal irritation (because I don’t have one), and burning with urination & urinary frequency (I no longer have a bladder).
My expectations are I will have little side effects; as I dealt with chemotherapy fairly well. Radiation treatment is new to me, so I may be affected totally differently than my expectations. The whole purpose of the radiation is to help reduce tumors and hopefully reduce pain I am experiencing.
Tomorrow, I will meet with m Oncologist Dr. L. to discuss my future treatment for my cancer. Because the most recent chemotherapy was not working, he may want to try an immunotherapy treatment, another chemotherapy treatment or possibility a clinical trial. My understanding is, the next treatment would not begin until after the radiation treatment is completed.
You may remember from my post ‘Looking for Pain Relief‘, I mentioned my 2nd appointment with Pain Management, I will receive a Superior Hypogastric Nerve Block. The reason for this procedure is due to the increase pain in my groin area. This procedure is also more precise in blocking nerve pain in the pelvic region. This procedure will be a ‘simulation’; meaning temporary, and if it seems to work, then another procedure will take place for long acting pain relief.
This first ‘simulation’ procedure is scheduled for this Friday.
My hope is between this procedure and the radiation treatment, I can finally find some relief to this incredible pain I have experienced for months now.