Posted 11/22/2020 5:15 PM (GMT -7)
cvc: it's an entirely personal choice. At 68, he's getting to the age where surgery starts becoming riskier. That being said, there are lots of surgical patients older than him. It's all about risk tolerance and effort required. Surgery is over in 24-48 hours....but it takes weeks, if not months to recuperate from. Radiation usually takes multiple treatment sessions (from 2 for HDR to 5 for SBRT to 30-40 for EBRT). Surgery gives immediate results, and full pathology of his prostate. Radiation takes months to years to determine effectiveness and knowledge of cancer control.
So....he needs to talk to the RO's (His Urologist is suggesting radiation--that's significant, I think), and get info about the multiple available options, and then make a decision.