So I spoke to the oncologist this morning armed with a raft of questions you all helped me with!
Basically, because of my past history of surgery, it was felt that RT was the best option. To be honest after getting C diff last year I wasn’t looking forward to another hospital stay! He said that, because of the low PSA and the localised aspect, then a curative intent was definitely on the cards even though a Gleason score of 9 indicates aggressiveness. He did say that 20% of cases such as this were recurrent but that’s good odds in my book. I asked about brachytherapy but he said the Trust had discontinued doing it because it was felt that it offered no advantages over EBRT and was a surgical technique which was to be avoided in my case. I will be speaking to the surgeon next week but it may just be a formality to explain why it’s not an option for me.
So, having finished 28 days of bicalutamide this morning, the plan is that in 2 months time I will be zapped daily for 4 weeks followed by quarterly injections for 3 years. Plus ongoing monitoring.
I feel a lot more informed, relaxed and positive going forward. Thanks so much for all of your help. These forums are great. I’m a novice here but an expert on Bowel resection, stoma and reversals! Every day something new!