Much of PC treatment is a game of statistical odds. While it is true that SRT may only give 30 out of 100 men no BCR after 10 years, if you are one of those 30 men, you feel much better.
I thnk the other problem is tracking actual results. Many of our quoted statistics come from studies of X number of men, in mulitple studies. Since we don't clearly track each man who has had PC, and define their cause of death, some of these statistical numbers may or may be true or applicalble to me.
I have seen statements made that state that there is no significant improvement in mortality rates for certain types of teratments, however, even an insignificant increase could be my life.
I have watched these numbers as well, and have held off on adjuvant radiation, which may statistically give me better BCR odds, they don't factor in quality of life issues which may occur. If and when my PSA's start to rise ( and as a Gleason 9 I will nit be totally surprised ), then I will consider SRT. If it can give me 5 more good years, then I may take it, even tho I may die of PC anyway.
All of these numbers are statistical, and do not guarantee me anything. Just like heads or tails is a 50/50 thing, doesn't mean it can't come up tails 10 times in a row, or land on its edge.
Good luck in your journeys. Enjoy life today.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic 4/14/09 Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free 6 week PSA <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED. Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10, 9 month PSA < .01