Posted 9/30/2013 9:51 AM (GMT -6)
Yup, they'll be likely ordering some scans. MRI of the prostate bed and a bone scan (PET) to look for mets are likely. There are other blood tests, free PSA for one, but the elephant in the room is a PSA of 30. I'd expect a lot of the conversation to be about that face. Hard to say if any scan will turn up anything but at least you'll need a base line.
The bigger question is treatment selection. HT is likely to be recommended at his PSA level - whether or not it's organ confined.
and it's not common to get many symptoms with PC before treatment. Until the bone mets are advanced or a tumor blocks the bladder or something, there isn't a lot of symptoms felt. Most PC is discovered through routine screening.
Hang in there. Even though it looks scary, there is plenty the doctors can do for your father and he'll be here for a long time. He may not like the treatments but there are treatments that can be done.
Keep us updated on his progress.