I think the term "failure" is mis-used in this context, and we have had several sometimes contentious threads about
it. But I can't change what terms the doctors use, so ...
Surgery is not a failure in a layman's sense if they actually take out your prostate and put you back together without seeing you die on the table. But if the surgery fails its objective of curing the cancer, even months or years later, it is tagged as "failed". That is the sense in which you have to read the word.
So in those terms my surgery and RT both "failed". I won two major battles, but the war rages on. MY HT is also now at issue. My PSA is undetectable, but the side effects are so significant that we have stopped the HT. Again, "side effect" is a word to use in context. My worsening osteoporosis would be a major issue by itself, but being caused by the HT, it becomes a "side effect".
Moderator - Prostate Cancer(Not a medical professional)
My adjuvant IGRT journey (2010) - www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1756808
HT (Lupron) 6-mo injection 9/12;Prolia 6-mo inj 12/12