http://www.ustoo.org/ Is a PC support group. The website has tons of information. And they also have local groups.
A study has reported that at the end of 2 years both people that have had surgery and those that have had radiation reported the same level of quality of live.
In my case I one of the main reasons that I chose surgery was I was personally more comfortable with the possible side effects of surgery than I was with the possible side effects of radiation.
Also with surgery the whole prostate is then test the exact extent of the disease can be determined. For example mine went from 3 3 to 2 4. Also they can determine if there are any signs that it is through the margins.
And with surgery you can still have follow radiation if needed.View Thread
It is a relatively high level, but not dangerous unless you have a large number of them.
Newer units use lower levels of radiation. And procedures have been changed to reduce the amount of radiation used.
An MRI does not replace CAT scan, in all cases. Nor the CAT scan replace MRI's in all cases. The "see" different things.
But talk to your doctor about your concerns.
And yes you can refuse the CAT scan. In fact you can refuse any test or treatment.
But if you do decide to have the CAT scan tell the doctor to write the order for minimal radiation needed for whatever he is looking for. And then when get it remind the operator of the minimal radiation order.View Thread