Two Books: "Guide to surviving Prostate Cancer" by Dr. Patrick Walsh and "Winning thr Battle Against Prostate Cancer" by Gerald Chodak, MD..Any library, bookstore or eBay/Amazon..
With Gleason 6, there is a very good chance your Dad will live long enough to die from something else..about a 90% chance.
Both Surgery and the various forms of Radiation Treatment offer a chance for a genuine cure..The skill of the doctor performing the treatment is the most important factor, not the type of treatment itself. Many PC patients base their treatment choice on the types and severity of the side-effects they are willing to endure..Each treatment path has it's own little house of horrors associated with it...
In the past, surgery was considered the "Gold Standard" for PC treatment. Today, a type of radiation treatment called brachytherapy (seeds) is frequently combined with beam radiation (IGRT) to produce results (cure rate) that the practitioners of this treatment claim exceeds the effectiveness of surgery..A recent, major study backs this up...
You do your homework and you make your choices..In the end, it will be up to your DAD to decide on a treatment path..
Welcome to the forum, we are all here to help any way that we can...
PSA age 55: 3.5, DRE normal.
age 58: 4.5
64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
65: 8.5, " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
66 9.0 "normal", 2ed biopsy, negative, BPH, Proscar
67 4.5 DRE "normal"
68 7.0 3rd biopsy positive, 4 out of 12, G-6,7, 9
RALP Sept 3 2010, pos margin, one pos vesicle nodes neg. Post Op PSA 0.9 SRT, HT. 2-15-'11 PSA 0.0