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Had first treatment today
SteveK364
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:01 AM
Joined: 6/26/2018
Posts: 29


It went very well. Prior to the actual CK treatment, they did x-rays right on the same table that's used for the radiation. I figured they were making sure the fiducials and SpaceOar were still in place and perhaps verifying that my bowels were clear, etc. Is my assumption correct? As far as the actual radiation, I was only on the table for about 40 minutes or so. Afterward, the technician said I did a good job of prepping, which was good to hear, as I was concerned as to how meticulous I needed to be with my diet, etc. My next treatment is Friday and then three next week and that's it. Speaking of the diet, I've found it to be more difficult than I expected. I can only eat about a 1/3 of the portions that I am used to. So, I feel hungry a lot. Plus, being a vegetarian, I am not able to eat any meat or chicken, etc., so I rarely feel full. Oh, well, if this is the worst part I have to deal with -- along with the early morning enemas -- I have nothing to complain about. I'll keep everyone posted on my progress. Cheers! Steve

SteveK364


Chico
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:30 AM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 439


Steve, Thanks for the update. If your experience is similar to mine ( and I hope it is). The most difficult part of the procedure is over (other than early morning enemas- and when you think back to original diagnosis to where you are today) and with two more sessions that's it. Not sure if they play music in the background, but I found it very relaxing and actually started to doze in one of my sessions - I had five with my procedure. Keep us posted.
SteveK364
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:06 PM
Joined: 6/26/2018
Posts: 29


Hi Chico, Yes, I think you're right about the most difficult part being over. I just hope I don't have any serious side effects down the road. I actually have four more sessions, with the last one being next Friday (I didn't explain very well in my previous message. Sorry). Yes, I asked for soothing/spa-type music, which they obliged me with. I too almost fell asleep a couple of times, as it was pretty relaxing. Plus, I was quite tired from getting up early for the Fleet treatment and the 1-hour drive. One thing I'm curious about: Does the CK robot navigate around on its own or are the movements manually controlled by somebody? Any ideas?

SteveK364


Chico
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:49 PM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 439


Steve, I hope that Dr Medberry or some of the Techies confirm this. It is my understanding that the machine has be programmed/targeted to attack the prostate. that continually can make adjustments to any movement of the prostate. Here is some information I picked up on the Internet """The CyberKnife’s image-guidance system continually acquires stereoscopic kV images during treatment, tracks motion and automatically corrects the treatment beam alignment in real-time1. The 6-axis robotic arm aims each beam of radiation taking into account any translational and rotational changes. All measured displacements are automatically corrected, regardless of how small, maintaining sub-millimeter accuracy1-7."" I know the procedure is constantly being monitored by team. Here is a link to the Center at Overlook that Did my procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGoMaqk3o3Y
radsrus
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:07 PM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 4419


It is all computer controlled, but human monitored.

Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D. Southwest Radiation Oncology buddy@swrads.org
JAV
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 6:37 PM
Joined: 10/29/2010
Posts: 763


Steve : And each patient has his own unique program that controls the machine. I think it's called the "plan". Good luck ! I hope you do as well as I have. Did you ask what prostate case you are ? I think I was #26 at St. Joe's in Ann Arbor back in 2011.

Treated with CK 4-2011.  Gleason of 3+4 , PSA 3.7 , two cores positive, 5% & 12%
 PSA on 7-13 0.3  PSA on 11-13 0.3 PSA on 5-14   0.3  
PSA on 7-14   0.2 PSA on 11-14  0.2 PSA on 3-15 0.2
PSA on 7-15, 0.2 PSA on 7-17 0.1 PSA on 1-18 0.13
SteveK364
Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 5:49 AM
Joined: 6/26/2018
Posts: 29


Thanks, Jim. Not sure what prostate number I am, but I'll inquire. I'd be curious to know myself.

SteveK364


JAV
Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 6:39 PM
Joined: 10/29/2010
Posts: 763


Steve: I think during my last appt. with Dr. Henning, he said they were up to around 126 prostate cases, but I'm not sure about that. Jim V.

Treated with CK 4-2011.  Gleason of 3+4 , PSA 3.7 , two cores positive, 5% & 12%
 PSA on 7-13 0.3  PSA on 11-13 0.3 PSA on 5-14   0.3  
PSA on 7-14   0.2 PSA on 11-14  0.2 PSA on 3-15 0.2
PSA on 7-15, 0.2 PSA on 7-17 0.1 PSA on 1-18 0.13
 

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