Posted 6/2/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)
Radiation following surgery is quite common when there is sufficient reason to be pro-active with the disease rather than wait until there is actual recurrence. It really depends on the protocols your urologist will follow. Some doctors will recommend adjunctive radiation if there is a high Gleason at pathology or even positive margins. Your teritary 5 means your particular gleason grade could respond more like a gleason 8 rather than a gleason 7 as there was some minor traces of gleason 5 cells found. Based on that and with positive margins I believe your doc is on target to consider some followup treatments rather than wait until later.
Radiation treatments are not benign, but well tolorated by most men. Let us know what you doc says.
Again welcome to Healingwell...where nobody wants to be, but if you have to be here, then this is the best place for information. Those that have had adjunctive radiation will chime in shortly.