Do tell your friend that due diligence requires that he talk
to a radiation oncologist before his surgery. It sounds like his disease can probably be cured by any of the usual treatment modes. Make sure he understands that the cancer is already as good as dealt with; he has the surgery scheduled and it is very very likely to cure his cancer. Talking to more doctors won't take that away. It's in the bank. But... While he waits he has a chance to go shopping for a way to get the same disease control but using a treatment mode with a better story on side-effects. Paxton mentioned SBRT; that's probably a good place to start.
Oh, and by the way, your friend may be right about
the catheter coming out his side. Some surgeons use a thing called a suprapublic
catheter that drains through a tube in the patient's lower abdomen. It doesn't sound
very pleasant but I've seen studies that show that it both works better and bugs guys less than the more-common foley catheter.
Here's one of those studies: Suprapubic versus transurethral bladder drainage after radical prostatectomy: impact on patient discomfort.
63 Slow PSA rise 2007-2012: 1.4=>8
4 bxs 2010-2012: 1&2 neg, 3 pos 1/14 6(3+3) 3-4% (2nd
opn. 7(3+4)), 4 neg
DaVinci 6/14/12. "some" nerve sparing on left
Path: pT3a pN0 R1 GS9(4+5)
Pos margins on rt
24 mo ADT3 7/12 - 7/14
Adj IMRT 66.6 Gy 10/17/12-12/13/12
8/2012-3/2015: Incont., Trimix, VED, PSA<0.015.
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