Hi Lisa, well, one thing: 11/11/11 just has to be a good omen! My mother's cousin was awarded the VC in WWI and tomorrow at 11 I'll be saluting his memory --- and I'll add your dad to my 11/11/11 prayer list, although it seems we are many time zones away from each other.
I'm sorry you and your family are having to face this. My dad, at about 62, also was diagnosed with PCa that was too far along to be treated with surgery. He wound up on HT and died many years later --- of heart disease. His urologist said the PCa would have killed him, but he'd have had to have lived to 125 before it got him.
Last week I had my 15/16 month PSA following surgery and it's hard not to be somewhat concerned that I again pull a zero. However, I also know that what should really be worrying me isn't the PCa. That's being looked after. And, if it pops back up the docs will know ASAP and start attacking it with some of their magic stuff like radiation, or drugs. What should be worrying me is the cancer I might have that no one knows about, or the heart artery that's silently blocking, or the vien in my brain that might be getting ready to pop.
I don't want to downplay the seriousness of your dad's cancer, especially at the young age of 62. (I'm 68 and look back on 62 with fond memories of the 'goog old days.') However, there is also some perspective to put it in and at the top of that list is that as late as it is, it has been found, it will be treated, and how lucky he is to have a hip needing replacing so he got the work up!
Once you have the results from the biopsy you'll have some numbers to work with and the wise ones here will be able to give you great advice, and support.
In the meantime I know it's silly to say don't worry, it is worrysome, but at the same time try to also take some comfort in knowing it has been discovered, that it is being treated, and that there are likely options, good options, open and available.
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
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"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02