I have read a few articles on this topic and it does appear that it can be a very positive result to have the prostate removed, I believe they call it "salvage surgery". I think the studies originated out of John Hopkins, I remeber the statement that "they believe over 50% of HRPC does originate in the original tumor that is in the prostate". If you google something like "Hormone resistant prostate cancer and salvage surgery" I'm sure you'll run across the articles I am referring to.
By the way, I live right down the street from you I think. Lacey Washington.
Biopsy- 12 cores, 4 positive highest 4+4=8
Bone scan, CT scan and Chest X-ray clear 4/16/08
Urologist suggested surgery 4/16/08
MRI on 4/24/08 clear no suggestion of lymph node involvement.
4/24/08 -Started on Lupron and Casodex preparing for HBRT and IMRT in late July. This treatment will not preclude me from surgery if I change my mind.
Decide to have DaVinci surgery after another consult with surgeon.
6/19/08- DaVinci surgery at University of Washington.
6/25/08- Path report, clear margins, no noted extension
9/12/08- PSA <0.02
12/05/08-PSA <0.02 Six months after surgery