I guess it's always interesting to talk about
the rare issues that can occur on the edges of the curve. But, in the interest of balance, and lest any new members see this thread and get scared away from radiation as a primary treatment...let me point out that Dr. Scholz quotes that the risk of dying during prostate cancer surgery is 1 in 200. So, your chance of dying during prostate cancer surgery is 5 times greater than your chance of getting a secondary cancer from radiation treatment.
Personally, I think new patients should focus on the big three...cure, continence and sexual function....and not worry too much about the rare SE's.
Age 62 (64 now), G 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2/16 cancerous, 27cc. Brachytherapy 12/9/08. 73 Iodine-125 seeds. Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort. Everything continues to function normally as of 12/8/10. PSA: 6 mo 1.4, 1 yr. 1.0, 2 yr. .8. My docs are "delighted"! My journey: