I took early retirement at 58 and then 8 months later was diagnosed, but I am convinced that being retired allowed me to make a full and complete recovery in a relatively short period of time. It's been 6+ years now and it is pretty much in the rear view mirror. If you can afford it, definitely retire and do what you like. As all of us know, there are no guarantees for the future.
Age:64 Diagnosis January 2012 Age 58
Original PSA Level 3.9 ......Gleason: 3+4
Biopsy results: 3 of 12 tested positive for cancer
Da Vinci Surgery 2/10/12
Negative Margins, cancer contained to prostate
Continent after 3 weeks
Sexual function fine with Cialis and now without meds at all
PSA undetectable for six years now.