This is an interesting article on radiation therapy and secondary cancers. The radiation oncologist that sent it to me stated that the overall risk is 1 in 1000 patients will develop secondary cancer from being treated with radiation. He also stated that the risks before seven years was almost non-existent. www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/220297.php
There was a catch...The article states the following:
"The researchers estimated that 8% (about
3300) of these second cancers could be related to radiotherapy treatment for the first cancer. More than half of these were in breast and prostate cancer survivors."
It's just a report but it put's some telling light on things. Does this mean that a RO should be telling us these risks in better detail.
I think so...
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/16/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 3/30/2011 7:08:22 PM (GMT-6)