My dad was about the age of your dad when he was diagnosed with PCa too advanced for surgery -- and with hormore therapy, and an orchiectomy he was in fine shape PCa wise ten years later, when unfortunately his heart 'got' him. His PCa doctor said his PCa would have claimed him eventually --- but he'd have to live to 120 and not be done in by anything else before it did. Each case is very individual, of course, but there are success stories out there.
That said, I understand some really nasty PCa cases are marked by low PSA.
I can understand why Fairwind wants your dad to be more involved, and I can understand why your dad doesn't want to be. This forum tends to attact people like me, you and Fairwind who want to know and make decisions based on the most and best possible information. Given how few members are present in this forum, and others, compared to the number of people being diagnosed every day, I think it reasonable to say us info junkies are in the minority. It may be your dad's quality of life, as well as longevity, is best served by letting him follow what he is comfortable with knowledge-wise, and you being the one to do the digging.
I wish both you and your dad the best and I hope you'll keep us posted on how he's doing.
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