Hi everyone. I saw the doctor yesterday and am convinced I now need to begin hormone and salvage radiation therapy. I'm told the hormone shots will be Firmagon and radiation with a "broad brush" over the entire pelvic area for 8 weeks. I've been resisting the idea, but I give up! Side effects of these two treatments can be minimal to severe, which is why I hesitate. I was told after surgery a year ago that the odds of me being cured were only 15% and with these two therapies the odds of complete cure is a whopping 20%!
Can anyone please provide me with experience and/or opinion? Is 5% increase in odds really worth going through all this? Might there be any other options? My issue is that the cancer escaped the prostate and of 6 lymph nodes, one was involved. However, no seminal vesical involvement and negative margins were achieved. To some this may seem like a no brainer, which it would be with better odds... life is precious. However, given possible complications, it's a lot to endure if ending result is not successful.
I'm about to have the Decipher test done, so perhaps that will shed addional light on my particular situation. Anyone else familiar with this test and usefulness?
Thanks in advance for any additional information or support!