Sorry to hear all you have had to go through. I keep seeing more and more younger guys here. I guess it's good they're finding PCa earlier, but it sure is a lot to absorb at any age. We'll all be thinking of you.
You should check into Proton Therapy as an alternative form of radiation therapy. It's supposed to be better on your body...less collateral damage than the traditional form of radiation using X-rays or photons. The only issue is it may not be available locally...Loma Linda, CA; Mass General in Boston, MA; one in Florida, Indiana and MD Anderson in Texas.
How was your path report after surgery? There are some folks on here who have had surgery with positive margins and have had to proactively follow up surgery with other treatments. You will hear lots of positive stories from guys who have been through both. I personally know two guys who like you have had recurrence after surgery and have had radiation after and are now doing well. One had positive margins and the other was told negative margins but had the cancer come back. So it happens both ways...just the nature of the disease.
So keep positive and thinking you can beat this cancer. Keep us posted as we will all be interested to know how you are doing. This forum is a great place for asking questions and for support.
Gleason scores from 4 pathologies of the same biopsy with 2 of 12 cores positive for cancer (if this isn't confusing to the patient...):
1) both cores 3+4 (Weiss Memorial)
2) one 3+4 and one 3+3 (Univ. of Chicago Hosp.)
3) both cores 3+3 (Mass General Hosp.)
4) both cores 3+4 (Northwestern Memorial Hosp.)
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.
and the winner is...post op Gleason score of 3+4.
Good pathology report with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g. Amazing how something so small can cause such problems!
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...