"The easy way out" ?????
I found that very offensive, to each and every man that has had to deal with either their primary or their primary and secondary treatments. None of it easy, my friend. PC surgery is complex and invasive, regardless of open or robotic. And the side effects in dealing with long term incontinence and/or ED are not easy. Physically or mentally. And for our advanced brothers, there is nothing easy about fighting for those extra months of lifes, taking toxic meds to try to stay alive.
And for some/many men, radialtion can be grueling to the body and immune system. Thats not an easy ride either.
You can here and asked questions and opinions, and you got them. Thats all they are, is our opinions based on our first hand experiences and countless hours of research. No one will tell you what to do or not to do, the info here is just more data for you to digest.
You may hate me for saying this, I mean no disrespect, just talking bluntly, but you do or not do what you think is right and best for you, we are big believers in that, but I still underneath it all, you are fighting denial. Just my personal opinion.
No one is going to tell you what to do. You have prostate cancer, at best, your biopsy is an estimate of the extent and range of that cancer. It may be just what it says, but it may turn out to be more. How would you feel if 2-3 years from now, that instead of some "vacinne" being invented to spare you treatment, that your biopsy was wrong and your cancer was much larger and much more agressive? That is where the gamble comes in.
I hope yours stays low and indolent, then the whole concept of AS makes perfect sense, the gamble aspect is yours alone to make. Its your body, your life, and even your cancer.
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, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, next one: Aug 3
Latest: 7/9 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days, Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, Cath #18 - 13 days, Cath #19 - 17 days, Total Blockage, Cath # 20 - 7/19