No surgery here but you ask a very good question. As a Gleason Score 10 some had my situation further advanced than now believed to be.
This is one reason I started my site www.gleason10.com is to tell a story that a high gleason is not an automatic death sentence.
Am I using this to cope, maybe, but I don't think so. I just feel that no one should make our problems any greater than they already are.
Hope far out weighs dispair when it comes to helping one cope with any problem, health or otherwise.
I plan on being around to see my 12 year old grandson reach man hood and play for the US soccer team in the Olympics.