I just finished my radiation treatments - all 43 of them. Other than having some incontinence so far I really did not have any major side effects. I see the string above and wonder if people are reading different books than I am. If I only had 3.3 or 6's in the samples, I would have done watchful waiting with regular PSA tests for changes. There is really no hurry to just jump and do something especially if you are over the hump - what I would call 65 or older. It is a very slow growing cancer and I would encourage you to take your time to figure out what to do. Some guys just want it out, no matter what and go the surgery route. If you go the surgery route, the DiVinci is the only way to go. But the outcomes of radiation & surgery when you have 6's or 7's are just about equal. After reading all I could, taking to a number of doctors including my own family doctor, I decided to go the radiation route just for quality of life. We will see how it all pans out. I will tell you this, if I were over 80 and found out I had PC and it was a 6 or 7, I would ride it out. You are going to die from something else before the PC catches you.View Thread
Beege, that was a concern to me as I was trying to determine which way to go - radiation or surgery. The final outcome %'s were just about equal. I spoke to a number of men that had had gone the surgery route and found out that a number of them were having this issue. Seems the Prostate develops the fluid for the ejection and once it is gone, then it is a dry function apparently, that is if you can even get an erection. That is not covered by this Dr since all he is talking about is getting an erection here. After reading all I could find on it and talking to my family doctor, I decided to go the radiation route for what was referred to as a better quality of life. We will see if it makes any difference. So far, things still work - erection and ejaculation. Maybe not as well as before I had all the treatments (43 of them). But since I just finished the radiation treatments it is too early to tell the final outcome.View Thread
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