You have reason to be confused as there are a lot of opinions and stats on PC and most of them are confusing and conflcting.
First. Radiation doesn't cause colon cancer. This may have happened in the very early days of radiation when everything was radiated and the myth still persists.
With an early stage G6 and low PSA just about
any local cure will have a very high probability of success, but the side affects of all local treatments are vastly different.
The lowest side affects are from Proton radiation and seeds
The highest from surgery and IMRT.
HUIF and cryosurgery are also options and have many satisfied patients.
Stay away from anyone who tells you there is a best way to treat an early localized PC. You are a poster child for ALL local treatments.
If you are comfortable with ananlysis then do your own research and come to your own conculsion.
The Prostate Cancer Research Institute has a lot of information and papers on variouse treatments.
Books are also helpful:
Walsh or Sardino on Surgery,
Danatolli on Brachatherapy and IMRT
Stephen Strum on Prostate cancer Basics
Robert Marckini on Proton Therapy
Charles Meyrs on Diet
YANA website has stories of men having different treatment and is very helpful.
Prostate cancer is very slow growing and you have a lot of time to make a decision. Learn everything you can and question everything you hear.
64 years old.
I had an initial PSA test in 1999 of 4.4. PSA increased every 6 months reaching 40 in 5-08. PSA free ranged from 16% to 10%. Over this time period I had a total of 13 biopsies and an endorectal MRIS all negative and have seen doctors at Long Beach, UCLA, UCSF and UCI. DX has always been BPH and continue to get biopsies every year.
In 10-08 I had a 25 core biopsy that showed 2 cores positive, gleason 6 at less than 5%. Surgery was recommended and I was in the process of interviewing surgeons when my wife's oncologist recommended I get a 2nd opinion from a prostate oncologist.
I saw Dr Sholtz, in Marina Del Rey, and he said that the path reports indicated no tumor, but indolant cancer clusters that didn't need any treatment. He was concerned that my PSA history indicated that I had a large amount of PC somewhere that had yet to be uncovered and put me through several more tests.
A color doppler targeted biopsy in 11-08 found a large tumor in the transition zone, gleason 6 and 7. Because of my high PSA Dr. suspected lymph node involvement, 30% chance, and sent me to Holland for a Combidex MRI, even though bone and CT scans were clear.
Combidex MRI showed clear lymph nodes and a 2,5 cm tumor in the anterior. I was his 1st patient to come up clear on the Combidex which has a 96% accuracy,
I've been on a no meat and dairy diet since 12-08 and PSA reduce to 30 while I awaited the Combidex MRI.
The location of the tumor in the anterior apex next to the urethea makes a good surgical margin very unlikely. Currently on Casodex and Proscar for 8 weeks to shrink my 60 mm prostate. Treatment will be seeds followed by 5 weeks of IMRT while continuing on Casodex and Proscar. So far no side affects from the Casodex.
As of April 10 and 7 weeks on Casodex and Proscar PSA has gone from 30 to 0.62 and protate from 60mm to 32mm. Very minor side affects. Doc says all this indicates tumor is not aggessive
Awaiting schedule for seed impants