Questions and answers for patients with prostate cancer who may need radiation after prostate surgery (prostatectomy)
Making a Decision
Lost in a maze
  1. How long should I wait before making the decision about radiation?
  2. How high can PSA be elevated before I decide to have radiation treatment?
  3. At what PSA level should I decide to have radiation treatment?
  4. If I postpone my decision about getting radiation treatment after surgery, do I decrease my chances for a cure, and/or increase my chances of the cancer spreading?
  5. Is it safe to wait to be treated until the PSA is higher?
  6. Do I require further treatments?
  7. Will I need to be treated with radiation?
  8. Will I need to be treated with hormones?
  9. Would it be helpful if I changed my diet?
  10. What kind of diet will I have to follow?
  11. What will happen if I do not go for radiation?
  12. How will I know that radiation treatment has worked?
  13. Why didn't I receive radiation sooner?
  14. How often will I see my doctor during radiation treatment?
  15. Should I see my surgeon after radiation is completed or should I be seen by the radiation oncologist only?
  16. What are my other options?
  17. May I get a second opinion before make a decision about radiation?

Ask the Expert

If I postpone my decision about getting radiation treatment after surgery, do I decrease my chances for a cure, and/or increase my chances of the cancer spreading?

Ewa Szumacher, MD, FPCPC, Med