Thanks David, good article to read.
Unfortunately this statement:
"...In 2009, an estimated 192,000 American men will have newly diagnosed prostate cancer. Approximately one-third (about 64,000 men) will choose radical prostatectomy as their primary treatment, according to the National Cancer Institute. Large studies have shown that one-third of those men, about 21,000 patients, will experience a rising PSA a recurrence of their cancer within five to 10 years, says Dr. Peterson...."
1/3 of surgery guys will experience a recurrence of the disease. That doesn't bode well with me. Just a year ago when I had my surgery, the suggested success rate was given to be around 98% and only a 10% chance of recurrence. What happened during this last year that suddenly changed the numbers around? It seems to me, the success rates for BT is better than this, as far as recurrence goes. Maybe Tudpock or JohnT will chime in on recurrence percentage with BT.
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral w/PNI - Gleason (3+3)6 Stage T1C
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (3+4) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
3 month Jan 2009 .06
6 month Apr 2009 .06
9 month Jul 2009 .08