You start to feel like a human ping pong ball being bounced all over after a while!
As Farah Fawceet said, the only thing certain with cancer is uncertainty.... I didn't think the radiation oncologist would be the one to say no to radiation--- urologists tend to want to cut, radiation guys want to zap, --- and MyMan is right, nobody wants to shoot with blinders......
In my opinion, some docs are a bit too concerned with radiation side effects.... Most people here who've had it will tell you they're not that bad. A little fatigue and some irritation, but any more with 3D IMRT or proton radiation, the side effects are pretty minimal... It can set you back a bit on continence (it did with me), and can bring on ed problems (I was already there from my surgery), but HT will typically cause problems on the last point anyway --- ALL SMALL PRICES TO PAY TO GET CURED!
THe problem is always going to get back to one issue--- at your husband's stage, my stage, and a lot of others here, there is really no good way of knowing if the cancer is localized (when radiation would make sense) or if is somewhere else, where radiation won't help. There are some additional tests that MAY help, but a lot of them are pretty inconsistent.
Chances are wither way, hormone therapy will work its way into your husband's treatment --- with manageable side effects. And although it not supposed to be curative, there are many cases where patients experienced a permanent remission with HT.... STAY POSITIVE (as Tony reminds us all!)
Age 47 - pre-surgury PSA 39
Open Radical Prostatectomy 6/9/2006
Pathological Stage T3a, Positive Surgical Margin
PSA rose to .24 in November of 2006
6 month hormone therapy initiated December 1. 2006
36 sessions of IMRT Ended Feb 1, 2007
PSA as of May 25, 2007 undetectable
PSA as of November 29, 2007 undetectable
Next PSA May of 2008