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    Got my first session with this bugger under my belt. (that's where it aimed anyway). Was kind of like the defrost cycle on a microwave. Shot at me from 10 different directions and time durations. Don't know the total "cooking time" but was on the table for maybe 20 minutes - initial setup, etc.

    I experienced no pain or discomfort, but was starting some involuntary minor shuddering by the end of the session - some serious stuff taking place.

    This was the first of a 5 days a week, 8 week course. Only another 39 sessions to go...
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    Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
    ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

  • #2
    That's not the kind of machine that I was expecting to see Wes. Good luck and I hope you get better soon. Is this follow up from the prostate cancer.






    • #3
      Linear accelerator? Yikes. Hoping all the best for you.
      Definition: Racecar - a device that turns money into noise.


      • #4
        Bit more accurate than gamma, them protons give good targeting, it'll be ok, thinking of you, take care, btw follow the diet!, if they didn't give one ask
        Btw, irradiated several times, none deliberate


        • #5
          Originally posted by browne92 View Post
          Linear accelerator? Yikes. Hoping all the best for you.
          Think it's a Gamma ray source, but I could be wrong. Big plate opposite from the head absorbs whats left of the beam after it passes through the body.

          Good luck, try and maintain a heathy diet.


          • #6
            So - what's it like to be on the mill instead of running it? I hope it all works out Wes. You have shared so much with all of us, I think you deserve a free pass this one time. All the Best - Warren
            Kansas City area


            • #7
              Originally posted by bborr01 View Post
              ... Is this follow up from the prostate cancer.

              Yep, surgery 3 years ago - they thought they got it all at that time. PSA was OK for a while but then began inching up until it got to 0.2, considered the threshold for biochemical recurrence for someone who has had surgery. I was disappointed but not particularly surprised, given my Gleason 8 score, considered a rather aggressive form of the prostate cancer. An MRI and a bone scan showed no metastasis to distant parts of the body, so it is probably only a few stray cells left over from the surgery.

              Standard treatment is to hose down the area where the prostate was with radiation. The radiation doesn't kill the cancer cell directly - instead it damages its DNA. It also damages the DNA of healthy cells but these are able to repair themselves where the cancer cells can't, and they don't reproduce and eventually die off.

              Concurrent to the radiation, I am participating in a clinical study that involves hormone deprivation therapy. Prostate Cancer feeds on testosterone, so the idea is to deprive the cancer of its fuel. A ruinously expensive 6-month shot and some pills 2 months ago accomplished this - essentially chemical castration - and my PSA dropped to zero. The most noticeable side effects are hot flashes and reduced libido. The flashes have been tolerable, but girls are still pretty.

              The hormone therapy should weaken the cancer, giving the radiation more of a chance to be successful. The hormone deprivation is not a cure though, and if the radiation is unsuccessful, and when the shot wears off, my PSA could climb again.

              There are 4 usual ways to treat prostate cancer:
              Cut it out (surgery)
              Burn it out (radiation)
              Starve it (hormone deprivation)
              Poison it (Chemo)

              Looks like I'm doing the Trifecta. I hope not to get to the final method.
              I give this long-winded explanation as an admonition to periodically get your PSA checked.
              Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
              ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~


              • #8
                Photon torpedoes! I have been through that Wes, ten years ago, and may I suggest you pay strict attention to what they say about managing bladder content. I had no serious side effects and it knocked my cancer right back.

                Best wishes,


                • #9
                  Wow, I just posted my experiences with prostate cancer ( and I scroll down and find this.

                  Best wishes for a positive outcome for you and anyone else with this disease.

                  As long girls are still attractive there is plenty of hope for you.



                  • #10
                    Chemo, radiation and surgery can all have after effects, life changing & painful.
                    As they say, considering the alternative, not bad.
                    If you have an appetite and the gals look good, every day above ground is a good one.
                    Best wishes to you.


                    • #11
                      I wish you well brother keep your spirits high,kindest regards Alistair
                      Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


                      • #12
                        Hey Wes, sorry to hear you have to go through that, been there, done that,you begin to think there Is no way I can do this 35 times. Mine was on the vocal chords last Dec. Apparently it was a success, but the jury is probably still out on that one. The very best of luck Wes. Bob.


                        • #13
                          You missed one, Cryosurgery, they freeze it. I had mine out about 4 years ago. PSA are okay so far. Lots of people rowing in this boat. Wishing you the best. Will you be at the show in April? I met you there last year.


                          • #14
                            Hi Wes,

                            It seems that you have the attitude necessary to beat it.

                            I mean this in a positive way, you deserve to be the beneficiary after giving so much.

                            Good luck to you!



                            • #15
                              Day 2, still learning my way.

                              Day 1, I showed up with an overfull bladder and did the routine, but went to stand up afterward and lost control a bit, soaking my shorts and trousers. Seems my remaining sphincter, the lone survivor from the surgery, was not man enough for the task and lost its grip. Good thing I had a towel in the car, just drove straight home as was the plan and changed clothes.

                              Today I planned my water OK, but showed up with a full bowel. They sent me out to give it a try on the toilet, without emptying my bladder!! Only way was to pinch the hose and grunt, but no luck. They made adjustments and I went through the program and got off the table without mishap.

                              I thought to enquire about the amount of radiation I was getting. 1.8 Grays or 1800 Rads each visit with a few adjustments here and there for a total of about 70 Grays for the course, a pretty heavy dose, but standard for the condition.

                              By the way, an hour after I got home... A right proper bowel movement. Figures.

                              Sorry for the gross details. I expect that things will settle out and most future reports will be "Nothing to Report" except the count will change.
                              Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
                              ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~