New to Radiation treatments, what can I expect?

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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/25/2010 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I found you guys by accident looking for info on Radiation.  After 5 years of Hormone Treatment, and 5 months of chemo I am now going to start Radiation next week.  If that doesen't work I was told we would check out Clinical Trials.
Don't know what to expect from Radiation treatment and recovery chances.
34 pSI Gleason score 9 in 2005
Prostate removal in 2005
Hormones 2005 to current
Chemo 4/2010 (not working)
Radiation soon

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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 8/25/2010 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
It's impossible to answer your question without more information..You said in another thread they found a 3.5" tumor....Where is this tumor located and has it invaded other organs or is it just sitting there in the prostate bed?

Generally speaking, the side effects from today's advanced radiation treatment are not too bad, but the location of the tumor and the total dose administered will be a big factor...

Have you had a biopsy on this new tumor???
Age today: 68. Married, 6', 215 pounds, active, no health issues.
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE negative. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
PSA at age 58: 4.5
PSA at age 61: 5.2
PSA at age 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
PSA at age 65: 8.5, DRE " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
PSA at age 66 9.0 DRE "normal", BPH, Finesteride. (Proscar)
PSA at age 67 4.5 DRE "normal" second biopsy, negative.
PSA at age 67.5 5.6, DRE "normal" U-doc worried..
PSA at age 68, 7.0, third 12 core biopsy positive for cancer in 4 cores, 3 cores Gleason 6, one core Gleason 9. Finesteride discontinued, still no urinary symptoms, never had any..From age 55 to 65 I had no health insurance.

I have a date with the robo surgeon on Sept 3 but I'm keeping my options open. I'm also looking at seeds combined with IGRT which seems to be having good results with high-risk patients..

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   Posted 8/25/2010 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I cannot tell you what to expect from radiation because I have not had it. Experiences posted on this board have ranged from "no big deal - just got a little tired toward the end" to "serious damage" (though I think the latter is relatively unusual). But the "recovery chances" are dependent upon whether your cancer is localized. Radiation can only cure localized cancer. If I were in your situation, before I began radiation I would ask my doctor to help me evaluate the odds that my cancer is localized. There are some tests and various formulas, nomograms, etc. that can assist with this analysis. If you post your recent psa history here, that might be informative. If your cancer is not likely to be localized, you could -- together with an experienced medical oncologist -- consider second line hormone treatments as a possible alternative to radiation. Have you discussed, for example, ketoconazole, leukine, thalidomide, DES? Best wishes, Medved
Age 46.  Father died of p ca. 
My psa starting age 40: 1.4, 1.3, 1.43, 1.74, 1.7, 1.5, 1.5
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