As we always say to new folk, sorry you have to be here, but glad you found us.
I want to echo what others have said: Knowledge is power. To that end I strongly urge you to have your father have his slides reread by a second pathologist -- one who does lots of prostate tissue and is well respected. Pathology is an art, as well as a science. The pathology report is the starting gate to a cure. If the two reads are different you want to go with the worst possible, and plan from there. Doesn't mean the worst possible is the right one, just means you've got the bases covered.
Please do keep in touch and report in.
Remember. There are a number of things threatening your dad's life. Heart attack, being hit by a bus, choking on oysters, Lord knows what all. His PCa may be one of them, as it is for all of us here, but chances are he's going to be treated, and cured, in the next year. What you probably really need to worry about are those oysters! And, please understand, I don't mean to make light of your dad's, or anyone's prostate cancer, but I do want you to put it into perspective which is difficult to do when you first hear the "C" word.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
P.S. Say "Hi" to Crocodile Dundee for me if you bump into him. And, Dr. Noel Friesn too if he happens to be on the case. (I'm a Canadian, and once in New York a man said to me, "Canadian --- you must know, Doug Arnett then." Well, that's my cousin who lives 1,000 miles from me in a different city, so ..... you never know. But, I do know Australia is an awful huge place with something like 25M citizens.)
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
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7