we welcome you here to HW, and can honestly say we would know how you feel. when i got my PC dx. last year at this time, my two sons, at that time 25 an 31 were shocked. your reaction is very normal, and I can understand why you are upset and even scared. the others have given you sound advice. his rising psa doesn't mean cancer for sure, there are other non-cancerous reasons. with the rise that has taken place so far, it makes good medical sense to do a biopsy. for most men, its a bit uncomfortable, but we get through them. as suggested, a good doctor will make sure that it is painless to your father as possible. i had 3 of them along the way, none of them were terrible.
even if cancer is detected, as mentioned above, there is a wide range of options to be considered before he would need to make a primary treatment choice. we have men here experienced in all of them, so we would be happy to help you and him with information and experience that we can share.
we are a brother hood here of prostate cancer survivors, you and your father are most welcomed here. there is no such thing as a dumb question, so ask away, and we will be happy to steer you to the right source or share an experience with you.
for your father's sake, and for your peace of mind, i sincerely hope that it isnt cancer. but if it is, it doesnt mean its a death sentence by any means.
please keep in touch and keep us posted of what is going on.
david in sc
57, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes
2009 PSA 2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/9 .16
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, 8/14 met with Rad Oncl, still talking option, 8/18 - had laser scope surgery to clear blockage, now on Catheter #7