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    Hi Ross,

    Thank you very much for your message. It is very helpful for me to understand the path that others have followed in similar situations to mine. It is wonderful that your treatments are working and you are in a good place. Keep it up. My warmest regards, Ross.
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    Thank you for that explanation. Definitely gives me some areas to explore with my urologist. I do have Dr. Walsh's book and I find it to be a wonderful resource. He is excellent at explaining things in a way that a layman can understand it.
    Thanks again Kenster.

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    Greetings kenster,
    Thank you so much for recognizing the similarities in our situation and for sharing your experiences.I would like to stay in touch. One question I have - I have been told that after my surgery, it is ideal to wait 6-months for complete internal healing before beginning radiation. Did you have any conversations at Mayo about this, as you began your radiation only 2 months after surgery. I think this is important when dealing with our agressive cancer. Thank you. God Bless you on this journey.

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      I had my surgery on 9-13-2011 in Orlando, FL. I remember the surgeon saying that I should not have radiation until my insides had healed from the surgery. He said that would take at least 12 weeks. When I left Orlando and returned home to Jacksonville, the mayo clinic set my date to begin radiation on 11-28-2011. That was one day short of being 11 weeks from my surgery date. I know that doctors differ on when to begin treatment after surgery and I think it has a lot to do with your PSA reading 6 weeks after surgery. If the reading is less than .1, then many doctors will not do any treatment at all. They will simply test your PSA every 3 months and only start treatment if it begins to rise. Other doctors will begin treatment regardless of PSA reading if cancer has a high gleason score. I'm not sure which method is best, but I purchased a book from Amazon.com called "Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer" by Dr. Patrick Walsh and he explains the advantages and disadvantages of both methods.

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