realziggy - yes, I chose to ignore your "chevy" remark, as I only drive Ford products, so I assumed that part of your question didn't require an answer. seriously, i don't think about the odds on everything going on in my life, i am not some kind of insurance agent. but when faced with the reality of a genuine PCa dx, I had to deal with what was before me. Speaking only for myself, once I knew I had a Gleason 7 with a rapidly rising PSA above 12, which had almost tripled in a year, and no other symptons of prostate problems, and clear DRE's for over 5 years, it didn't take rocket science to realize that I was in a serious situation, with an agressive cancer in my body. as a business man for all my career, i don't always have the luxury of time to make a decision. i researched for months before my final dx, talked to a lot of people, and then sat with my doctor and we worked through every combination of treatment options available to me. i stand by my choice, but i do not push it on anyone else. you are doing as you please, as you should, and as I hope for myself, and for all men here, I hope our choices end up being right.
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05, 6 month on 5/9