....It has been more than 1 year since RT and I am still experiencing bothersome Radiation Colitis(daily bouts of gas, diarhea,etc.) Have never had any problems with my bowels pre RT.
For me, surgery was a breeze, RT so far, a real inconvenience. Hope this Colitis eventually passes like my perennial soft stools.
I had similar issues Dave. Surgery, at 71, was a relative breeze. Very little incontinence and minor ED for several months. RT, with double ADT, was more difficult, yielding a handful of side effects. Get yourself a good gastroenterologist, who is willing to talk to your RO. My radiation proctitis was miserable, only improving after six months. Back to the 'new normal' after twelve months, with other radiation gifts a nuisance. If you want a list of the meds I've been on and off, PM me. It is different, however, for each of us, and it will pass eventually.
The are no silver bullets, and no treatment is 'the best'. Getting that kind of advise from a handful of nameless people on a forum is worth exactly what you've paid for it, IMHO.
Thanks for the info on your experiences with surgery and RT+ADT. I agree with you that the SE from RT will deminish over time. The SE from ADT were not pleasant but have mostly disappeared. I am not a drugs guy of any type, prescript
ion or even over the counter except for Cialis. These SE from RT now are mostly inconveniences.