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