Mel, despite your occupation with math, you will have to accept what we all have to come to terms with, PC is very unpredictable, all the studying and formulas and what if's will never give you a complete piece of mind. Easy cases sometimes turn agressive quickly and some cases that start out agressive never materialize along the way. Good pathology reports have lead to reaccurances, and Bad ones just stay the say, and then in some cases, good is good, and bad is bad.
You will drive yourself crazy if you try to fit your PC into some precise box or set of logic or rules. Your journey and outcome will be unique to you, Mel. You will have to make your own decisions, and let it play out beyond that. And be prepared for anything or everything the best you can. Not wanting that to sound cold, but I have been a professional accountant/finance guy most of my life, and I can't make my own PC fit into any standard format, just not going to happen.
You probably be better off to have your arranged meetings, and start coming to terms with how Mel wants to treat it. Then get into your primary treatment, then into your recovery, then into whatever side effects do or don't happen. Instead of seeing PC as this overwhelming monster that makes no sense. Work on on piece of the puzzle at a time. There be plenty of time to worry and think about the next step along the way.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 in 35 days, 12/7/9 - Cath #10 in place