Double Trouble: Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy
I went to see the consultant and it was decided that I would be on radiotherapy and chemotherapy. They started me on 18 weeks of chemotherapy first. That’s six sessions every three weeks. The first two sessions were OK. I must admit that I thought ‘There’s nothing to this’, but then the third session came along. Everything else was the same, but I wasn’t. I felt awful! I couldn’t get up, I felt sick all the time and I couldn’t go back to work. It was really horrible, but I survived it.
My radiotherapy treatment involved lots of high-tech equipment, which is right up my street. I had 37 sessions. It was interesting because I had to have three tattoos! One on each of my hips and one in the centre. These tattoos were used to line up the equipment to precisely target the prostate. I had to have a full bladder for the radiotherapy. I would arrive for my treatment half an hour early and drink four to five cups of water. I wasn’t allowed to go for a wee or anything. The treatment only lasts around two minutes: it’s really quick. You get on the table, and they line you up and tell you not to move. The bed stays still and the machine rotates around you, it goes around once and then comes back. When it was done, the first thing I would do is get my dressing gown on and head to the loo!