Your dad had plenty of time to make a decision. prostate cancer is very slow growing and 3 months won't make a difference, especially with a low psa. It's much more important to have the cancer staged correctly as most treatment failures are due to improper staging. Put a prostate oncologist on the list of doctors to get recommendations from. I have found that prostate oncologists spend much more time trying to stage the cancer correctly. There are a lot of tests that can be recommended for better staging; PSA3 urine test. MRIS with endorectal coil, or color doppler ultra sound. Prosta scint with CT fusion or Combidex MRI can eliminate lymph node involvement.
Spend the extra time as it will drastically affect your outcome and evaluate all options as to both cure rates and quality of life issues. Wishing your dad the best.
It will be 5 months since diagnosis before I start treatment and I'm not worried at all as the cancer has probably been there for at least 10 to 12 years.
You can also slow the progression with diet and supplements while you wait. My psa has gone down 10% since I changed my diet.
Diagnosed 10-08 at 63 with PSA of 33
PSA was 4.4 in 1999 and has risen steadily.
Had 13 biopsies and an endorectal MRI, all negative until 10-08. Two cores out of 25 with a gleason 6
2nd opinion with an oncologist said cancer found was insignificant, but suspected larger tumor somewhere.
Doppler ultrasound with target biopsy indicate a large tumor in the transition zone, gleason 7.
Bone and CT scans negative.
PSA3= 43; (high normal is 35)
Scheduled for Combidex MRI in Feb. (Lymph node imaging MRI done in Holland).
Location of tumor makes positive surgical margin unlikely.
Looking at IMRT with hormone therapy as soon as staging is complete with Combidex MRI.
Changed diet, eliminated all meat and dairy. Taking the normal supplements recommended for PC.