Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A visit to the radiation oncologist

After I ran out of the Proctofoam, I went back to the radiation oncologist and told him what was going on. Thankfully, he did not examine me, understanding what that would be like. He did give me a generous Rx--lots of refills--for Proctofoam. Things are slowly improving, and the Rx will help with symptoms in the meantime.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

some relief

Maybe it's the Proctofoam and maybe it's just the passage of time, or both, but the symptoms of acute radiation proctitis are easing. Bowel movements are no longer like giving birth, and there's less--some times zero--blood afterwards. I still haven't gone back to the radiation oncologist, I'm just using the prescription from my family doctor. When that runs out, if symptoms flare up, I'll go see the radiation guy to get some more Proctofoam, but hopefully I'm on the downhill side now as far as symptoms go. Bladder irritation has fallen off as well.
I'm still careful what I eat and drink. No caffeine, no alcohol, very little fiber. Soon I'll try adding soluble fiber to the diet and see what happens.
It's now been almost a month since my last IMRT session.