I just read an article today that should give all of us hope that the research of good doctors is continuing to provide innovative treatment options for this disease.
A new combination radiation therapy for early, non-aggresive prostate cancer is being tested at the University of Texas Southwestern by Dr. Timmerman. You can read the latest news on the treatment here:
Radiation Therapy Technique Reduces Length Of Prostate Cancer Treatment
A related, short article is here:
New prostate radiation shows promise
The big advantage of the experimental treatment is that the patient comes in for only five treatments over a very short period of one and one half weeks. Also, there are no incisions or invasive treatment of any kind. Very few side-effects are reported. The UT medical facility is accepting new patients for this technique.
The combination of new, promising radiation treatments and the dramatic increase in doctors developing skill in less-invasive surgical techniques, to me, are very promising to patients for which these procedures are deemed appropriate.