Hello all. I noticed HealthUnlocked is headquartered in the UK but I hope a Yank is welcome. Just got my MRI fusion biopsy results last week: positive cancer in one core, Gleason 6. I believe that makes me low grade T1c. Last PSA was a little over 6. Sorry if I get the lingo wrong. My wife and I meet with Doc in a couple days to discuss treatment options. They gave me Dr. Patrick Walsh's book on Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer. I've been reading, ad nauseum, about treatment options. At first, I was convinced I should go the prostatectomy route, but now, not so sure. I expected to live at least another 20 years (I'm 58) until I got this news but I'm hopeful that my treatment will let me die of something else. Since I have a long horizon, I want to be aggressive so I can put this behind me (as much as possible).
It seems that radiation treatments could be as effective as surgery but I read conflicting/confusing information on whether side effects (impotency, incontinence) are as forgone a conclusion as surgery, only delayed. My concern with radiation is that you still have a prostate and what's to keep that from getting cancer. I think I read one of you post that you can't get surgery after radiation, but you can go the other way around. Why is that?
I know I have a lot more thinking and learning to do before we make a decision (my wife will have a big say in this also) but I just wanted to get acquainted. TIA.