Sonny, I met your wife, she is a lovely, sweet person in every way. I understand your love and compassion for her, and your devotion to her care is above reproach. But as your friend, you can't just let your life go to hell, you must find a way and the strength to do both.
You have talked to me, you know that know you are at .5 plus in reoccurance, you are in a dangerous window of opportunity if SRT is going to work. The more that PSA craws or doubles over the mark you are at now, the less likely it will be effective. It won't take up that much of your time if you plan well. A half day getting set up basicially at the most, and they should be able to be flexdible with the treatment times to work around time that you need to be with your wife. You are not going to do Lynn any good if you get fully involved with a growing pc, she needs your strong in every way. The daily treatments should be 30 mins or less, again, plan them at the most optimal time to be around to help her.
If you were at .1 to .15 range, might suggest you gamble 3-6 months and wait, but you are already at the threshold that most sensible radiation oncologist look for.
Taking care of this set back wont take that much away from your time with your wife, and you will put yourself in a better position to help her in the future.
Just a hard opinion from a real friend. I am with you, sailor, either way.
David in SC
Age: 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% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place