On June 30th I started Salvage Radiation for rising PSA 3 years after my RP. I have 15 treatments completed out of 35. I am 52 years old and consider my self in good shape running 25+ miles a week. So far the only side effects I have experienced is slight fatigue towards the end of each week of treatment and more frequent urination. I can't quite get 8 hours of sleep without getting up to urinate. Once I am up I find it tough to get back to sleep, so that may account for some of the fatigue. I am up at 4:30 most mornings running 3-5 miles. The exercising actually helps with the fatigue. I have been on a mostly vegan diet since my RP and have not had to change the diet during the radiation. I am sure there are others out there searching for information on radiation side effects, hope this helps put things in perspective.
I am remaining positive knowing my chances of slowing the PSA increase is a 50/50 chance for a Gleason (4+5), epe, N0x, Dx, SVI, negative margins condition. The salvage radiation treatment was started at a PSA level of 0.182.
I don't know what the future holds nor do I worry about it much. Its more important to live for today and not miss out on what this world has to offer. We are all fighting the fight, many of you are experiencing a far tougher fight than I. We are a "Band of Brothers" that never wanted to join the band, but here we are so let's keep pushing forward.
In the great words of Jimmy Valvano "Don't give up...Never, ever give up."
Hope this helps the "Brothers" considering salvage radiation.