Diane, I agree with Bro. Tudpock above. Most agree that as a general rule, that salvage surgery after radiaton is not a good combinaton, but at the time Pete/you decided on that course of action, it very well might have made perfect sense on what you knew at the time, and how you were being advised, and what ever viable options you had less. To be real honest, had I not been through 35 days of intense radiaton in one of my prior cancer expisodes, I might very well have gone the radiation route first. When my dr. gave me the dx. for pc, I told him almost immediately, that I was far more afraid of having radiation again, then I would be of surgery. So that kind of by default kept me away from making a radiation first decision with my PC. Even though the former radiation ended 9 full years ago, I still have effects to this day, and bad memories that I havent been able to entirely eradicate. I am so glad that Pete is doing as well as he is, cancer wise, and with his hip replacements.
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves saved, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05