How to choose treatment for prostate cancer?
It is too difficult for my husband to decide on treatment for Prostate Cancer. We have sought 2 different opinions from 2 good healthcare systems. We have met with a radiologist and surgeon from each and they all say he falls right in the middle to choose either treatment type. I would like to present his stats and find out if anyone can help. He is 71 years old and had quad bypass surgery 10 years ago. He has a knee and hip replaced but otherwise does quite well. His Gleason score is 3+4=7. Removal was his initial reaction but was presented with more possible side effects than radiation. The radiation choices are very different, One is hormone shots, radiation 5 days a week for 6 weeks. The other is so different with 5 total rad treatments and uses some different prep procedures. There would be more prep to avoid rectum damage and gold markers placed to help exact rad placement. How in the world do we know what is best? We are not doctors and know doctors are not gods but should know far more than we do! At least to point toward one option or the other based on past patient outcomes. I just wish I could help him more. Thanking you in advance for your input!