Surgery or Radiation + Hormone Therapy
To all. I’m a 72 yr old male recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. My stats are 6.9 PSA up from 3.5 a year ago. Biopsy showed one cell with Gleason 8 and several 7’s which puts me in the low end of the aggressive scale. Pet scan shows cancer is localized to the prostate.
Scared to death of each strategy’s side effects. As I understand it Surgery may not get all of the cancer cells. It will leave me with urinary issues and ED.
Radiation will attack a broader area and likely will kill more cancerous cells that may be outside the Prostate. Hormone therapy will lead to 4 yrs of ED as well as a host of ongoing issues ( depression, bone loss, diabetes , etc.).
Would love to hear from people who have gone thru this process. Thank you!