Russell - welcome to HW. As you will see (maybe you are seeing already), because there are various types of primary prostate cancer treatments, and no uniformly acknoweldged "best" treatment, there's a lot of bias. Someone says "surgery is the gold standard." Someone else says radiation is better -- the "new gold standard" (or maybe platinum standard -- that's event better than gold), etc. This is true not only of patients -- who tend by and large to favor whatever treatment they personally had (particularly if it worked, but sometimes even if it did not) -- it is also true of doctors. Urologists often like surgery. Radiation oncologists often like radiation. Some like protons or cryo (freezing) or HIFU, etc. Each doctor (and many laymen) can cite a bunch of statistics to "prove" the validity of their arguments. It all sounds pretty convincing. As one example, JohnT -- who has shown himself on this forum to be a bright guy but also a strong advocate for radiation -- says "Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers by Dr Mark Scholz ... is the best reference
on low risk PC." As you can probably tell from the title, the author of that book shares JohnT's anti-surgery bias. (A guy who thinks surgery is a good approach for curing prostate cancer would probably not refer to it as "snatching prostates"!) Is that "the best" book? Is there such a thing as "the best" book? Is it better than the books written by Walsh, or Scardino, or Carter, or Moyad, or Strum or Onik, or the 100+ other books on prostate cancer? I don't know. They each present their own perspective.
So here are my two pieces of advice to you: (1) get information from a variety of perspectives and don't jump to any conclusions until you do so; and (2) if someone (anyone) seems certain that there is one "right answer," or one "right approach," discount heavily what that person says. If it were so obvious that one particular approach were "right," then everyone would do the same thing.
The good news is -- at least based on what you have learned thus far -- you appear to have a low risk cancer that is likely to be curable through a variety of approaches. So hang out here and learn some things, talk to a really good urologist or two (choose those who have treated ALOT of prostate cancer), then visit with a radiation oncologist who does a lot of prostate cancer, read a few books by leading experts (maybe including the one JohnT likes, but certainly do not limit your reading to that one). Then you will know what to do. Or you will have a gut feeling. In your case, it should work out fine.