This site is an excellent resource for those diagnosed with PCa, their spouses and families, but please be aware that most postings are from men who have chosen surgery, radiation therapy or brachytherapy. This is probably due to urologists recommending surgery while oncologists suggest radiation/brachytherapy. It happened to me!! There are other choices, but you may need to be insistent with your health care provider.
For an alternative view on treatments please read the book "Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery" by Bradley Hennenfent MD, and the publications at . . .
For alternative therapies, you might like to read the information and ebooks at . . .
After educating yourself as much as possible about PCa then you will be in a better decision to make an informed choice together with your father, taking into account your father's age and clinical diagnosis.
Wishing you all the best, whichever road you travel. You might also be interested in the personal experiences at . . .
Diagnosed: June 2007. Aged 61. PSA 19.6. DRE negative.
Biopsy: June 2007; 2 cores of 18 positive.
MRI and Bone Scan: Negative.
Pathology: 5% of 1 core, "Small focus" in another core +ve.
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
Clinical: PCa considered confined to prostate. Stage T1c.
Treatment: After considering RP and HD Brachy, decided on Intermittent Triple Androgen Blockade Therapy for 1-year, using ZOLADEX, CASODEX 150 mg/day, AVODART 0.5 mg/day. Start PSA 19.2 (July 2007).
Completed Intermittent TAB on 23 July 2008, continue with AVODART alone and monitor PSA every 3-months. Changed to PROSCAR in Sept 2008.
Current Status: PSA = 0.01 (October 2008).
PSA nadir 0.01 (October 2008).