I extend that welcome to HealinWell as well. You father and I have a lot in common. I have after surgery in 2007 a Gleason of 4+3=7...My surgery was not enough to sit alone with. I had Radiation...and I am about
to complete 2 and a half years on Hormone Therapy. I was 44 when I started this in 2006.
The reason to wait on the next PSA is sound advice from his doctors. You want to see what the doubling rate is over a period of 3 consecutive rises. Hormone therapy is a likely next choice, and chemo might also be a good decision to go along with it if the doubling rate is fast enough.
You need to stay hopeful. There are some good things on the horizon with prostate cancer. HT can provide many years of success, allowing for some of these things to hit the streets. My #1 mantra is ~ Stay Positive. I do believe in the power of positive thinking. And after nearly three years I have an undetectable PSA. Your father can do very well. And with you there looking out for him, he is on the right track...
Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Gleason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 11, 2009): <0.1
My Journal is at Tony's Blog
My InfoLink page is at Tony's Prostate Cancer InfoLink Page