A tale of two brachy treatments.
By coincidence, two close friends were diagnosed at about the same time that I was. They both had gleason six compared to my 8, and they both chose to have brachytherapy. Since we have our prostate cancer in common, we have shared our treatment and recovery more than others might.
Bob came out of his brachy implant and was asked to use a catheter for a short period of time. He had few follow up urinary difficulties. The other, "Ken" did not have a catheter after the procedure, he has had a two years of varying problems. For about a year, Ken carried a self catheter kit and used it with relative ease. Even during a round of golf, he has been able to duck into the men's room and do a quick self catheter. After two years, he no longer needs to do that. He did little to prepare for his self cath, and seemed to get it done quickly and easily.
I don't know if any of this helps, but at least it lets you know that we can have different outcomes and often things work out ok in the end.
PSA up to 4.7 July 2006 , bump noted during DRE
stage T2A - Psa 4.7
Gleason 4+4=8 right side
DaVinci Surgery January 2007
Post op confirms gleason 4+4=8
No extension or invasion found
No continence problems
PSA 90 day (-.01) , (6 month -.01) , (9 month +.02) , (1 year +.02) ( 18 months +.02)
ED still a problem, minor succces with bi-mix
plaque buildup due to injections