Here’s the thing…if you want to have your prostate removed because you’ve been told you’d be “done with it” that might not necessarily be true. If your cancer is Gleason’s 8 and you elect to remove the prostate there is still a significant chance you’ll still need radiation. Knowing this and that you may not be “done with it” would you consider having radiation from the get go? It would make a difference to me.
Here’s your homework…go to the Johns Hopkins website for prostate cancer and plug your numbers into the Partin table app. This will tell you the chance you’ll need radiation if you choose to have the prostate removed first.
Will this help in the decision making process? You bet your bottom dollar!