Sorry to hear of the diagnosis, but be grateful that it was apparently caught at an early stage. I have a very similar situation apparently. I am 44 and was diagnosed two months ago. I have robotic radical prostatectomy scheduled with Dr. Vipul Patel this Friday. I will be close to his 2000th procedure. I have been fighting a slowly rising PSA level for 4-5 years now, so the diagnosis wasn't a complete shock. My father had prostate cancer diagnosed at age 52. The odds are very much in your favor that this is a curable disease. Based on my research and age, I chose prostate removal due to the very high chance of retained erectile function (after a recovery time) and continency, as well as the "gold standard" for cure. I further refined my decision to robotic prostatectomy due to the quicker recovery and possibly better surgical margins, assuming a very experienced doctor with the robot. If you choose the prostatectomy route, either "
open" or "robotic", experience of the surgeon is key. This is not an easy procedure, and the outcomes are strongly dependent on the skill of the surgeon. You should strive for getting the surgery from a "center of excellence" in prostate cancer and one that does a relatively high volume of procedures.
You will probably be doing a lot of research, and some of the resources already mentioned are very good. I have recently been using online "nomograms" at the following website to predict outcomes:
You will find many diverse opinions among doctors and patients. Also keep in mind that prostate cancer therapies are big business, too. I have probably read too many articles and medical journals for my own good. Although there are a lot of well-intentioned folks, statistics taken out of context can be misleading. Please remember that your husband's young age puts him in a very small group (1-2%?) of men diagnosed, and there is very little data specifically on men under 50.
As others have mentioned, you do have time to determine the right course of action. It may not seem like it now (and often it doesn't to me, either) but this will most likely be something that you and your husband will eventually look back on as a proverbial "bump in the road" of life.