The plan is external beam radiation. He decided to go that way, even though it will be thirty-nine treatments over eight weeks. He gets weekends off.
I think he was afraid of pain with the brachytherapy. And the fact that it's invasive. And that those radioactive seeds would be in him for life. And the cats couldn't lay on him, which is something he has no control over when he's asleep. I was kind of surprised he went this way, but it's his cancer, his choice.
And where it will be done will be around an hour drivetime, total, each day. Part of the drive was on a tollway and we got hit for $2.50. On the way home, we didn't have correct change, the machine didn't give change, so I paid by plate when we got home. It was $4.50. Yowza. He can take another route, which will add maybe five minutes onto to the drive. Fortunately, the practice (UCSD) offers a transponder for people who live in certain zip codes. We do. So, on his first treatment visit, he'll give them the filled out form and get a transponder. It will only be good for treatment days, which is fine with us, that's the only reason he'd be on that road to begin with.
He goes in for the measurement stuff next week (I'll go with him) and from then on, I won't need to go. The total time once he's there is a half hour. After that is when he sets up the appointments for treatment.
So, hopefully, he'll be finished with this treatment by the end of April.
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