Just wanted to remind some of our new folks, that they should never take radiation as a casual thing. Like all PC treatments, they should ask a lot of questions and get more than one opinion before jumping into the frying pan.
I'm glad that you made the comment. Some seem to think that radiation is saving them from something unpleasant. In fact it should be a LAST resort, as it is reverse of radical surgery.
With Radical Surgery, you have the BIG problems just after the operation.
With radiation, the problems start after the treatment and can take three years to manifest with the SAME problems and many more ( including NEW cancers), and if you THEN need surgery, then there is little that can be done in the 'salvage' area. You can't sew up a cooked chook , but you can - a raw one !
It was a radiation technician who said to me "I would rather DIE, than have radiation.... I have seen the patients come back worse than they came in"
Radiation is for when NOTHING else can be done, not as an easy first step.
Purgatory - You should change your handle 'HellNback'. or 'Someone Should be sued"
Nov 2009 = First-PSA 5.3 @ 60yo - Asymptomatic - DRE-Non-Palpable
Jan-'10 = TRUS Bx DX - AdenoCar T1c - GS(3+3)=6 , 5 & 45% max., L-MidZone
May-'10 = RRP-Nrv-Spare
Post Op. GS(3+4)=7, 1.1cm3, Pos Margins, EPE (focal) Lateral Left
Margin-Involvement (extensive) Posterior , Grade3 x 8mm
+8week PSA<0.01, ED-85%, Incont-30%
+16W PSA<0.01, ED -85%, Cont -5%
+17W First 'DRY' day. ED -90%
Post Edited (BuiDoi) : 12/11/2010 1:43:30 AM (GMT-7)