I recently entered the realm of unfavorable intermediate risk PCa after nearly 3 years on Active Surveillance. My Medical Oncologist has started me on ADT for 6 months and has recommended external radiation. I'm scheduled to see Dr. Kishan at UCLA on September 14 for a consultation and probable SBRT.
I'm 73 years old, in good physical shape, and still sexually active (at least until the first Lupron shot 3 weeks ago). Reading some of the posts on this forum, I get the feeling that HDR brachytherapy has less chance than SBRT of causing ED, which I would very much like to avoid.. The NCCN Guidelines recommend either EMRT+ADT or EMRT+brachy+ADT, but not just brachy+ADT. Is brachytherapy better than SBRT in terms of ED, and if so, is it less effective alone as treatment than SBRT?
I know that Dr. Kishan is excellent for SBRT, but I also know that there is an excellent RO at UCLA who does HDR brachy. and also another RO at Cedars-sinai who does it.
PSA is 10.84 (first time ever above 10). MRI shows 3 localized lesions that have grown since last year, with two abutting the capsule. Biopsy 2 years ago showed low volume 3+4=7 (although last year all that was found was low volume Gleason 6). OncotypeDX on the older biopsy was 46 (unfavorable). No extraprostatic lesions were seen, and bone scan is clear.