Good Morning Steve, yes I did. I was instructed to have a full bladder for each treatment.
First Day of RT Treatment
Good Morning, my name is Steve and I will be your therapist today. Before we get started, I'll have you change from the waist down and put on a gown. Did you drink your fluids and fill your bladder?
RT - Verification
Before we enter the treatment room, I'd first like to verify your full name, DOB and treatment area.
RT Treatment Room - Triangulation
You will not see or feel radiation. However, you may experience some side effects as a result of treatment. After we finish, I'll have you meet with our nurse to review proper management and care of side effects. Remember, it is important for you to remain as still as possible after I position you. I will be watching you closely from the control room if you need anything. Do you have any questions before we begin?
Will this hurt?
Let me verify the bladder is >50% full, and landmarks such as the iliac crest, greater trochanters, and symphysis pubis are matched.
Post Treatment - Nursing Station
Hello nurse, since treatment I have been experiencing diarrhea and frequent urination. Is this normal?
Both diarrhea and frequent urination are common side effects of pelvic radiation. For your diarrhea, try your best to follow a diet low in fiber, fat, and lactose. Continue to follow this diet until your bowel movements return to your usual pattern. As for frequent urination, I recommend avoiding caffeine, alcohol, pepper, and spicy foods to alleviate further irritation.
RT - Last Day
Congratulations on your last treatment! After you get changed I'll walk you over to meet with the Oncologist. When you're finished, we'll schedule you a follow up visit.