Piano, I completely respect your answer and position, at least you acknowledge (not to me, that's not needed) that there is a risk, but you are willing to take it. I think most of our PC related decisions are made that way. When I consented to SRT, it was a tough decision, because of my past bad experience with RT, and unfortunately for me, my worse fears came true with SRT in my case. I know you have tough choices ahead too, and there is no easy one-fit answer for you, me or anyone else.
142, or...extending your own logic with your own case, if you see bone mets (and I pray you never do), they may have developed with or without your intervention with other means. For many, its the nature progression of advanced cancer, unfortunately.
Mel: start with the American Cancer Society. They have a great booklet dealing with prostate cancer, and a lot of space dealing with the effectiveness (or lack of it) concerning many things talked about here, including exercise, diet, supplements, etc. Some of it might be eye openers for some.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10