SC, I second what Fairwind says and hope you have beaten down the beast. Its nice to hear of a 9 doing well. You made my day since I've been in the dumps lately. I too am a gleason 9 and failed surgery, and it looks like RT failure. PSA now 1.0 and Mayo docs say HT is next. Had bone scan last week and doc says one small hot spot in pelvic area, not sure what it is so MRI next. Beginning to think that if I didn't have bad luck, I would have no luck!!
With hind sight in mind and being 67 when surgery occured, I now wish I had done the seeds, I know guys that have had it with very good results and few problems.
I hope you continue to progress and stay well for a long, long time.
Dx 07/09 Age 67 - 28 core saturation biopsy w/5 positive (2 gleason 8, 2 gleason 7, 1 gleason 6)
RRP 8/13/09 Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Path report upgraded gleason to 4+5=9
Negative margins/extraprostatic extension/seminal vessicles/ lymph nodes but perineural invasion present.
Two month post surgery PSA 0.022
Five month post surgery PSA 0.081
Seven month post surgery PSA 0.190
Eight month post surgery PSA 0.217
Started 38 sessions IMRT at Mayo Jacksonville on 4/12/10, completed 6/4/10. Few side effects except urinary urgency and frequency during the day and some rectal discomfort near the end of therapy.