My rad-onc has me on the same schedule as my uro and med-onc. I am not being dropped by anyone.
My rad-onc is not done as he needs to monitor me for long term effectiveness and side effects. Plus if I have a recurrance in the prostate area I may need another round of HDR brachytherapy. If my PCa spreads I may need radiation to lymph nodes, bone, etc.
No way he is dropping me and I think any urologist that would claim that is simply dead wrong. After all, isn't the urologist's job done after the surgery? Shouldn't the urologist dump the patient then? He isn't going to operate again. If salvage RT is needed then the rad-onc comes in. If it metastizes then the med-onc comes in. Not the uro.
I stand by my original statement that the uro is biased and handing out misinformation.
In my case I reserved judgement and decisions about treatment until I had seen two urologists, two rad-oncs, and two med-oncs. I wasn't smart enough to think that one through by myself. It was the requirement of my urologist in order for him to take me as a patient.
PSA 59 on 8-26-2010 age 60. Biopsy 9-8-2010 12/12 positive, 20-80% involved, PNI in 3 cores, G 3+3,3+4,and 4+3=G7, T2b.
Eligard shot and daily Jalyn started on 10-7-2010.
IMRT to prostate and lymph nodes 25 fractions started on 11-8-2010
HDR Brachytherapy 12-6 and 13-2010.
PSA <.1 and T 23 on 2-3-2011.
PSA <.1 on 4-7-2011