Hello Martin and welcome
Having just been diagnosed and advised that AS is a definite option for you (especially as they say for 2-3 years) I think you are wise to opt to not rush into drastic action.
My husband was also a 3+4 and opted for AS and was on it for a year before he made the decision for permanent seed brachytherapy which he has never regretted.
He was signed off from the hospital at the beginning of this month, into the care of his GP and will now be monitored yearly. IF his PSA creeps up to 4.0 then they will review the situation.
He is 78 this year and had the seeds implanted about four years ago.
He was adamant from the start that he did not want an operation with all its possible side effects.
He has been one of the lucky ones as far as side effects of Brachytherapy are concerned in so far as he has had very little in the way of permanent side effects and the initial ones that went with installation were bearable.
ED is a problem but then he is 77 so not unexpected at his age, and Sildenafil makes a difference when we want to use it.
Good luck in your choice. Just do your research carefully.
What nobody can tell you, or predict for you, is how you and your body will react with any treatment choice. Many men sail through their choice. Others, on exactly the same path have not been so lucky. There is no hard and fast rule.
Who knows, AS for 2-3 years gives an opportunity for newer treatments to be made available that you could then take advantage of.
Edited by member 16 Jul 2018 at 08:57
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