due to our general age range, there is quite a few of us Viet Nam vets in here. many of the younger brothers don't always understand what it meant when there was an unpopular war going on and you were 18 with a low lottery number.
glad you already got your VA disability, but I know that came with a price.
as far as your sex life, having prostate cancer is no certainty that you won't have a sex life. most men here either overcome ED at some point, or learn to adjust and adapt for sex post prostate cancer.
as far as radiation again ,depends on where you had it before. i had cancer in my throat and underwent massive radiation in the year 2000, now, in the year 2008, i just had radiation in the prostate bed after my surgery failed and i had recurrance.
if you post some of your other stats, it might help us understand what real choices you may have in front of you. many men have had surgery here, myself included (
open surgery- non robotic) and have done well healing from it.
david in sc
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path Rpt
: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA:
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 in place