I hope you don't mind me joining this group.
I'll try and give as much history as I know about my Dads journey with PC. He was diagnosed with non-agressive cancer about 18 years ago. He has had 2 TURPs (not sure exactly what this is, but i understand it to be a scraping of the prostate?) He has had his PSA monitored for many many years. It had always been under 4 which is where his uroligist wanted it to be. However last year it started to rise, and he then had a blood test taken after 3 months, where it had risen from 7 to 15. He went for a biopsy which confimed it was cancer, and was given the choice of radiotherapy or having his prostate removed entirly. He underwent a radical prosectomy (Di Vinci method) in October 2010 at the London Clinic. He recovered very well and although was incontinent for a while is now totally continent (he is 72). His PSA reading taken the morning of the operation was 23, so it was climbing very rapidly!
The surgeon said he was extremely happy the surgery had gone very well and that 99% of the tumour had been removed (it was contained in one side of the prostate) His post operative PSA (I think 8 or 12 weeks post surgery) was 0.8 so a rapid change! However, his urologist recommended 5 weeks or radiotherapy as a "mopping up" procedure. He has just had his PSA done (as he finished his radio last month) and his reading is 0.1. He met with his oncologist on Monday night who said he was very pleased with this and he should remain cancer free for at least 10 years.
I was very pleased to hear this but since googling and surfing the net am less pleased - does a reading of 0.1 mean that its likely the cancer will return?
I remember he had a gleason factor of 7 (am sure it was 4+3) but may be wrong prior to surgery. He had also had a bone scan (prior to surgery ) which fortunately was negative. The surgeon said the prostate was contained but had just started to esscape the capsule and was present in the seminal vessles. He also removed Dad's lymph glands and the biopsy of them came back clear.
I hope you don't mind me asking so many questions! I love my Dad so much and he seems to have been through so much, I'd hate to think he may have to go through more but obviously would rather him be safe than sorry!
Thanks for reading