Mar 25, 2013 - 9:58 pm
Hi everyone. Let me first introduce myself, my name is Brandon and I just joined the community as a result of my dad being diagnosed with prostate cancer last Tuesday. He is a 63 year old male with recent problems of frequent urination, and a blood test revealed a PSA level of 4.2 ng/ml, and he was promptly referred to a urologist. Well the urologist decided to do a biopsy with ultra sound, and he said out of the 12 samples taken, 5 were cancerous, and he said his Gleason grade was 6; 3+3. I asked the doctoat about what stage this and his Psa level correlated to, and he said clinical stage 1. He said in all likelihood, the cancer is contained to his prostate, though there is a small chance of it being outside of it. He offered dad several treatment options: watchful waiting, surgery, hormone therapy, radiation therapy via external beam or brachytherapy(radioactive seeds) . Of those options, he said surgery is the best chance for cure, followed by brachytherapy. This would lead me to believe he has a good prognosis; however, last week he bagan complaining about his testicles hurting, so I am now worried that it may have metastasized. He choose surgery and the doctor said we would know for certain if his cancer has spread or not once they perform the surgery and get a pathological stage. I am very worried that his testicular pain may be a sign of metastasizing cancer and I urged him to give the doc a call, but he refused. I am really worried right now, and I do not want to lose my feather. I have already lost my mother to squamous cell carcinoma of the base of tongue 5 years ago, and I can't bear the thought of molding my feather so soon afterward too. Based on what I have told here, what do you think my dad's prognosis is?