Welcome to the Prostate Cancer board. Looking at your PC statistics, it seems that you're an early stage diagnosis and have a very favorable outlook to treat and cure your cancer.
I did a lot of research and reading prior to deciding on a treatment. My urologist was a good communicator, and the most helpful thing he told me after giving me the news that I had prostate cancer was "You've got time to make a decision about treatment. There is no need to rush. " Having time to think, to read, to talk to my wife, to pray was a good thing. It takes time to process bad news, to let it sink in, to be able to come to a decision weighing all the complicated aspects together.
The decision is a personal one. I considered watchful waiting, brachytherapy, radiation, proton treatment, and surgery (laparoscopic, robotic/laparoscopic, and open). Because I had time to process my decision, I had no regrets before or after the surgery. My wife has been with me all the way, hand-in-hand, heart-to-heart, from the beginning of this shared journey.
You'll get a variety of opinions here because everyone's journey is different. But I've found that the folks on this board have a special way of caring, because they have travelled the same, difficult road that you are fated to walk. Take care and hang in there, Tom!
Age 57 PSA 2.5 Gleason 5 Open Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy/Bilateral Nerve-sparing 6/21/06 Cancer confined to prostate No further treatment