Oct 13, 2012 - 11:16 am
My dad is 74 years old and recently underwent a RP ( 8 wks ago). His PSA pre-surgery was 9.2 and Gleason was 7. Post-surgery Pathology showed Gleason 10 with no disease outside the prostate. Also, he had a bone scan and CT scan pre-surgery that were both negative for disease. He just had his first PSA test approx 10 days ago and it came back at 3.8. Doctor ordered another PSA test a few days ago to confirm and it came back 3.94. We are of course not very optimistic. Doctor scheduled him for a prostacint scan next week so that he can determine where the cancer is to decide next course of action. Everything I have been reading suggests that radiation therapy will most likely not be effective with such high PSA levels. Anyone have any input on this issue? My mom passed away from ovarian cancer in 2010 so this is quite a blow. We go to dr appts with him and want to ask so many more questions about life expectancy, prognosis, quality of life with treatment, etc. but don't because we feel he may not want to know and it's not our place to ask. We (3daughters) would all rather know exactly what we are facing regardless of how bad. We would appreciate any feedback from this group. Please do not worry about upsetting us.....we would like it straight up. Thank you.