Hi, everyone. I believe I now have my answer regarding radiation and reconstruction. Tram is the "Best" option and outcome, according to the PS I saw yesterday and my old PS that I talked with this morning. However, my old PS said that a a successful implant has a lot to do with the skin and that he can usually tell if an implant has a good chance of working by feeling the skin's texture and comparing to other skin in the area, and that if it "fails", all the patient loses is time -- the other option is still available. According to old PS, a PS was sued recently for trying implants with a radiated mastectomy area. For this reason, old PS says that PS's are being very careful using the implants as well as the LD procedure coupled with implants.
Got a lot of thinking to do, but I am really against a tram at my age -- surgery is way too long as well as recovery times.
Thanks everyone for your input ,and I hope this provides information to others out there in this predicament.