You are absolutely right that there are many treatment options, not just surgery. All the options have their advantages and disadvantages. You are also right that a lot of people (me included) on this forum have had surgery. But lots of people on this forum have also done other treatment options. I am sorry if the "pro surgery" bent on this forum made it sound like that is the only option. It definitely isn't.
You have to consider all your options, do your research, and make the selection that is best for you after weighing all factors.
This is a great forum. There is lots of useful information here for everyone. Even now, someone else who really wants to do radiation rather than surgery is probably reading this thread and it is helping them.
DIAGNOSIS: 09/25/06. Age 49. PSA 4.6. PSA free 2%. Clinical pathology: Gleason 10. Stage T2a.
SURGERY: 11/08/06. RP at Johns Hopkins. Surgical pathology Gleason 10. Stage T3a (positive margins.) Negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes, and bone scan.
POST OP: 12/15/06: First post op PSA was 0.00.