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probably not was posted 10/26/2015 09:50 am by Anonymous
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I'm not familiar with Jihad radiation, so hopefully others will post.. Also, we don't know where exactly your radiation was done. Maybe it didn't overlap the kidneys etc...

Since kidney disease is common and so is a calcified aorta, you probably already know that these do not have anything to do with your PC. Calcified aortas are usually not a big deal at all. If you have high cholesterol, you need to make sure you are on a statin. Hopefully, they know what is causing your kidney disease. I suspect that controlling your diabetes and high blood pressure (if you have it) will be more important for preserving your kidneys.

I am always of the mindset... worry about things you can change, not the things you can't. You had radiation...it's done. It seems to have been worth it since you are still with us!!! So no regrets. Move forward, and do what you can to stay healthy and protect your kidneys.

As you know, you need to be carefully about every medicine you take (including over the counters/herbs etc...) and ask the doctor if they are safe for your kidneys before taking them. Sometimes you will need lower doses because of your kidneys.

Did you ask your surgeon or oncologist? I suspect the radiation oncologist took your kidneys into account when you had your treatment and should have reassured you at that time. But we all know a lot about what doctors 'should' do!

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