Bob, thanks for your advice, and some more to add to my question list. When I had radiation back in 2000, I felt like I was a sheep
being led to the slaughter. The rad dr didn't like me asking him anything, the treatment center was a little on the cold hearted
side towards their patients, it was not a good experience. After about
the first 3 or 4 treatments, it was like a personal trip to hell.
At one time, my wife a seasoned nurse, begged me to drop the treatments, as she was afraid I might not make it. But I toughed it out for
all 35 sessions, only on the last 2 did I give in and let some one drive me there. Since, I have learned that throat area radiation
is some of the most physical gruelling and painful. To this day, 9 year later, I can't even spit, because my saliva glands were so
damaged by the radiation, and I have constant thirst, to where you don't see me without a water bottle, and if I am ever out of water, I
would drink from a puddle at the side of the road if I had to.
No, I don't want to have salvage radiation, not unless I am 101% certain I have reaccurance and that it is going to spread.
David in SC
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 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, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, July 13 - meet with radiation oncologist