Jan 14, 2003 - 1:01 pm
My dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in November and opted for surgery because the preliminary tests (MRI, bone scan) showed that the cancer hadn't spread outside of the prostate. Last Wednesday (1/8) he had surgery. Before they removed the prostate they did biopsies on the lymph nodes and these came back negative. He is now home and seems to be recovering quickly. But I am left with a lot of questions... if anyone can share their knowledge I'd really appreciate it.
Basically, I'm wondering "what now"? What obstacles does he have to overcome before he can be considered a cancer survivor? If the cancer was confined to the prostate and it was removed, can he still have prostate cancer? If so, what are his options? If he is declared prostate cancer-free by the doctor, is he at a higher risk for other types of cancer? I just really don't know if I should be feeling relieved or not. I don't know what to expect now that surgery is over.
I appreciate your help. Thank you.