Hi 1worried. As you can see from my alias, Sleepless, I can identify with your 'worried' and I know it is facile to tell you not to worry. Nevertheless, don't worry, and if you must worry, don't panic. My dad got prostate cancer when I was about
three/four years older than you, it was far more aggressive than your dad's (mine couldn't be operated on for one thing) and when he died 20/25 years later it was his heart that got him ---- the PCa was never a problem.
I'm a 3 + 4 like your dad and we're both lucky to have a cancer that's only moderately aggressive. I have a friend whose stats are near the same as your dad's but he has a far more aggressive PCa. After surgery his PSA started to go up. He was zapped with radiation. His doctor said the surgery had knocked the cancer down, now it just needed to be knocked out. I was talking to him on the phone not ten minutes ago. He's doing terrific. His PSA is so far undetectible. Oh yes. I should tell you, "so far" is 18 years. It was 18 years ago he had the radiation to knock it out.
Please do keep us posted on your dad. He's a lucky guy to have an up and at 'em 24 year old daughter. And, I bet he's a great dad too!
Give him our best wishes,
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues, but better every week.