A guy named Doug blogs on this site. He had salvage radiation in early 2008 and at his 3 month checkup in May of that year, found out that it had not worked.
If you read the stories of guys on Yananow, for example here: www.yananow.net/ExperiencesRALP.htm and here: www.yananow.net/ExperiencesSurgery.htm#surgery
You will find guys who had surgery, PSA rose, then had radiation, followed by rising PSA, then ADT.
A guy on the WebMD board
, H555, had surgery in 2005, radiation for rising PSA in 2008, and now he is in recurrence again and in the care of a medical oncologist. I've talked with him off the public forum via private message and he's a very nice guy.
Deidre, as I understand it, your husband just started radiation. In general, about
3/4 of men will respond to salvage radiation, at least in the short run. Plus, his stats as you provided don't look so bad. So you may be putting the cart before the horse in this case, although I understand about
wanting to be mentally prepared.
Best wishes to you both.
Dx Feb 2006, PSA 9 @age 43
RRP Apr 2006 - Gleason 3+4, T2c, NX MX, pos margins
PSA 5/06 <0.1, 8/06 0.2, 12/06 0.6, 1/07 0.7.
Salvage radiation (IMRT) total dose 70.2 Gy, Jan-Mar 2007@ age 44
PSA 6/07 0.1, 9/07 and thereafter <0.1