Welcome to the place nobody wants to have to come to. We are all here to support each with information and encouragement.
I was 72 when diagnosed and had the same options as you. I decided on surgery because I wanted the cancer out of me as soon as possible. That and getting a good reading on the extent of the problem plus keeping other options
open were what swayed me. I had
open surgery and very few problems with it. I was back at work teaching school and dry 3 weeks later.
During my search for a treatment, I ran across several references that implied that a guy 70+ was too old to have a prostatectomy. Well, there are plenty of cases where that isn't true so congratulations on your choice. We have to take control of our own treatment and not rely on the first opinion in any phase of recovery. That is where this forum is so valuable. We get to hear from people that have used all the options.
So, best of luck tomorrow. We will all be here waiting to welcome you to the "other side". We can all get well together...
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06. Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
50 mg Viagra + 1000 mg L-Arginine + .03 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from 1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00.
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."