With you helping your dad monitor his psa, I'm sure he will be fine. If I was 74 and had a psa under 10, I probably would just watch it. There is a guy in my man to man support group who is 82 and he has a psa of 14, and he said he isn't doing anything until the quality of life starts to be affected.
I'm willing to bet that all disease has a significant heredity factor and people who say that they don't have a family history probably just don't know. Environmental factors ( diet, stress. chemicals, etc.) cause genetic changes ultimately leading to disease.
Your knowledgable and supportive posts on this site are valuable and much appreciated. Keep up the GREAT work!
We have a family history of PCa. My Dad and uncle died from it at 65 and 53. My PSA velocity increased in the last 2 years and I had to talk my GP into refering me to a urologist.
Biopsy results: 5 of 11 cores positive, all 30%. Gleason 6. T1c. PSA 2.53 Date of biopsy 15MAY08.
Open RRP at Johns Hopkins with Dr. Partin on 09JUL08.
Pathology report: Gleason 6, pT2, neg. margins, 0 lymph node and seminal vessical, organ confined, I lost 1 nerve bundle and 22 lymph nodes.
As of today, about a month after surgery, I feel at about 80%. Urinary control seems to be improving. Little Elvis has taken a nap and has not awakened yet. I hope when he wakes up he is well rested because he is going to get one heck of a workout.