To clarify. Doing radiation first makes it more difficult to remove the prostate later not the catheter. Sorry bout that.
While that is literally true it is also once of the misleading statements that some urologists will say to get a patient to choose surgery. It is “misleading “ by omission. What is omitted is the fact that there are equally good salvage treatments after a failed radiation as there as after a failed surgery. In other words, there are backup plans for both possibilities.
BTW, Nola, people around me also were encouraging surgery at first. I think it’s just an easy conclusion to “get it out”. But after my research the approach for me was to “get it cured”...and with the least amount of side effects.
In any case, make sure you visit docs in several specialties so that you feel well prepared to. Are one of the most important decisions of your life.