I broached this in a previous post I started, but the discussion veered away, so I'll try again.
About a year after my RP, I developed lymphedema of the feet and ankles. Although my urologist/surgeon was somewhat in denial that this was a result of the surgery, which removed about a dozen lymph nodes, it was clear enough to me. The situation is kept controllable with constant wearing of support stockings and appropriate exercise.
As I review the salvage treatment possibilities that a possible recurrence of the cancer might indicate, I see nothing about the possible effects of radiation treatment on the continued proper functioning of lymph nodes that may be, either intentionally or not, zapped along with everything else in the immediate neighborhood the ex-prostate. So, first, did anyone else here have lymphedema as a side effect of RP? And secondly, does anyone know about the effect of radiation, probably of the IMRT variety, on lymph nodes and the functioning of the lymphatic system?