positive, i too dont understand why radiation is already planned for your father. he does not have recurrance, or any evidence this early on that he will. his positive margin doesnt mean he will have recurrance, just means he might.
radiation is a serious matter, not to be taken lightly, if he uses it, it will be his secondary treatment and his last curative shot available.
my radiation went badly. i ahd 39 session totalling 72gys. It was the 2nd time in 11 years tht my body went through major radiaton for cancers.
for me, it was painful from the start, i still have chronic fatigue a full year later, and the radiation damaged my bladder and bladder neck so bad, that i had to have a suprapubic catheter for a full year after, and eventually and recently, had to have a urostomy, so now i pee into a plastic bag from a stoma, and will for the rest of my life.
rare, perhaps. but its not all roses for those undergoing radiation. my advice would be for you father not to have radiatio until and unless he has firm evidene of the cancer recurring.
david in sc
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10