Frack, I would also like to welcome you to the forum.
You have been given some real good info from a lot of the members already. I also concur that with your numbers you have plenty of time to make a decision that is right for you and your family.
Every single member here would have to agree that there is no one approach that fits all. If there were it would make this whole process of dealing with PCa a lot easier. There would be one approach, one cure and would be taught to all as the one way to deal with it.
You did say something though that I would like to address and offer some thought to.
You said; "The fact that there are so many treatment options makes this so daunting. While I like the idea of "getting it out" with surgery, it seems from reading the stories on this forum that many, if not most, times the surgery needs to be followed with radiation. If that's the case, why not just get the radiation in the first place and avoid the trauma of surgery?"
I would offer to you that the number of surgery folks here (me included) represent a really small number in the universe of those that selected surgery. Many of us stay on here to offer support and help to guys like you. That is how we all came to be here in the first place too.
I would offer that the reason you seem to see surgery followed by radiation is because we are in the minority of the surgery guys.
The rest, and I would think it to be a much greater number, are off living their lives and placing PCa in the back of their minds where it needs to be. They do their follow up tests and then go back to living. From time to time they stop back by to tell us they are still doing fine. We love to hear those stories, but they are few. They just don't stop by that often.
There are those here that are not having to actively deal with PCa at the present, they stay here to help and pass the knowledge they have gained along.
Remember how you found us. And remember that those of us here are but a small drop in the bucket of guys dealing with PCa. There are 10s of thousands of guys who have dealt with it and quite frankly just don't feel the need to be here.
Stop by anytime, we love to chat. We also like to hear from each other how things are going. And don't forget, now that you have found us, your story and your ideas and your decisions will become a part of the learning process for those that follow.
So welcome and thanks for being a part of the team. We are just real sorry that you have to be here,
60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
da Vinci 9/17/09 Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Tumor Volume 12.5% positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
PSA .6 IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9
3/7/11 PSA 4.2
4/10/11 PSA 3.8
5/19/11 PSA 4.9
Post Edited (Sonny3) : 6/13/2011 9:24:13 AM (GMT-6)