October77; If you can get a copy of your fathers pathology report, please post as much of that information as possible. There is a tremendous amount of good solid information within the members of this forum. Also, many of the members here possess wisdom and experiences that you will never find in a doctors office. If you share the pathology information, you will receive a lot of guidance and suggestions. These guys will not make your decisions for you, but will arm you with solid information that you can use to make the right decisions for your dad.
Having said that, and assuming that your "stage nine" actually means a Gleason of 9, then I'm here to tell you that a Gleason 9 is not the kiss of death. No, it's not a good thing, but I am also a G9, I had a Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy three months ago, and I feel really good with two successive psa's of "non-detect." I have no idea what the future holds for me, or how long I will remain in the "Zero" club, but at this point, I plan to live life, as if I have another 30 years. Who knows? Maybe I do.
For starters the following would be helpful:
1. Gleason score
2. psa prior to biopsy
3. % volume of cancer,
4. How many total biopsy cores?
5. How many cores had cancer?
6. Is your dad height/weight proportioned?
7. What treatments has he had, and what is planned?
This would be just starter information. You can check out several of the "signature lines" for more guidance in this regard. Knowing where the other guy "is", often tells us what his bigger concerns might be.
God Bless you and your dad, and please return to this forum with as much of your dads data as possible.
Age 57 at Dx
5/09 PSA 2.26
6/2010 PSA 3.07 FPSA 18% DRE +
6/2010 Bipsy, 7 of 12+, >60%, 4+5=9
7/21/2010 - RRP
Nodes neg,Ves neg
tumor in capsule, still 4+5=9
8/5, 2010 cath out
9/3, 2010 PSA - 0.04 whew!
9/3/2010, I'm 99% continent - only stress incontinence
10/14/10, PSA still 0.04, and lupron #1, 99.9% continent
Total ED, 3 caverject failed, pump sux