Here's a question that's been bothering me, and my former rad. oncologist, nor the two I met with recently can or will answer, my uro/surgeon didn't know, but then it's not his field.
How many times in a person's lifetime can they safely undergo full blown radiation treatments?
When I had it done in 2000, for neck and throat, it was 36 treatments. I don't remember the grys, wouldn't have known to ask in those days. I do remember the rad. oncl. telling me that each time I was zapped, it was equal to 40 chest x-rays. It that is true, that means that was equal to 1,440 chest x-rays.
Plus all the other radiation based tests I have had in my life.
I am wondering is the cure this time with salvage radiation going to multiply my woes in the end? Am I already overloaded with radiation from the prior? When is too much, too much?
It's more than I can think about, and my own research doesn't come up with much, and these doctor's don't want to answer for some reason. There has to be an answer.
Concerned in SC, David
P.S. I thought radiation caused cancer in the first place?
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin
2009 PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out after 38 days