Lyn gives good advice and is much more knowledgeable than me. Although I recall a huge pain in my hip during diagnosis and thought it might be advanced cancer. My objective was not to jeopardise my upcoming operation as it would likely have been cancelled if they thought it was advanced.
I could therefore say I'd prefer to have the radiotherapy and not jeopardise it with a scan if in your position. It could be it would be a waste of time but there is the possibility it will get rid of all or even most of the stray cells which should still be helpful.
On the other hand it is possible that a scan could find something nearby that could be helped by targeting the radiotherapy.
There is another possibility and that is a psa of 9 is often said to be too low to show anything on a scan and some people wait till it gets to 20 for a scan. That is much more than for a slow rising psa needing adjuvant radiotherapy.
Another consideration is whether hormone therapy would be given before the radiotherapy, I don't think I'd like my psa to be rising with nothing being done for long if they said it could be treated as curable and there is thought the psa should be around 1 before radiotherapy.
I think I'd be asking about having another psa test to try to establish a trend. Asking whether a scan would be beneficial while hoping they feel confident of where they're scanning. Asking how wide an area they'll be scanning. Asking if hormone treatment should be used to reduce the cells before radiotherapy. Also that the radiotherapy isn't a long time away.
Sorry to throw those thoughts into the pool and I must admit that as a layman there is so much to consider that you can forget where you started. Although those thoughts might be worth thinking about and someone may come on and say why they're good or bad which might give a better answer.
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