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billysaunt
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Joined: Mar 2004

Hi. My name is Lisa and my dad, who is 82, just found out today he has prostate cancer. (The reason for my user name-billysaunt-is because I have used this site for information for my 25 year old nephew who has colon cancer.) All we know so far is that his PSA is a 4, having been a 2.5 six months ago. The plan is for a bone scan scheduled for two weeks from now. I would appreciate if anyone could please provide me with basic information on what we will face from here on out. (To be honest, I don't even know the relevance of his PSA score.) Basic things we MUST know to ask the doctors, expected courses of treatment, etc. Any information you could provide would be most helpful and appreciated. Please keep him in your prayers, as I will do the same for you. Thank you.

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rogermoore
Posts: 265
Joined: Mar 2002

Good morning Lisa,

I'm so sorry to hear of your Father's diagnosis. However, it would appear from the PSA reading that it was discovered in it's early stages. Recently it was determined that the rate of change in the PSA was a good indicator of Cancer, as well as the level. Again though, this is not an abnormally high level. I assume that they have done a biopsy? Does he have any of the symptoms? Is he in otherwise good health? These are questions that may affect the treatment options. His age will also be a factor.

I would be asking the Dr:
1. What are the changes the cancer has escaped the capsule?

2. Does the cancer appear to be a fast growing?
(My Father is 92 and was diagnosed 15 - 20 years ago)

3. Which treatments would affect his life-style the least?

4. Remember, the Dr. is working for YOU (your Father) so it is extremely IMPORTANT that he be very comfortable with the Dr.

5. Get a second opinion. I'm sure the diagnosing physician will be receptive to this course of action.

If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me on post them on this site. I, as well as many others, monitor it daily.

Best of luck, and you both will be in our prayers.

Roger

loftisd
Posts: 2
Joined: Jan 2005

Hello,

You may want to consider contacting the American Cancer Society's National Cancer Information Center. Cancer Information Specialists are available 24 hours a day and may be able to assist you with your questions. They can be reached at 1-800-227-2345 or by clicking on the "Contact ACS" link at the top of the page.
They were very helpful for me when I was first diagnosed.

Don

swl6e
Posts: 1
Joined: May 2005

If anyone is interested in learning more about robotic surgery for prostate cancer, check out http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/prostatectomy/home.cfm

AuthorUnknown
Posts: 1564
Joined: May 2006

Hi,
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trust me thousands of men with same problem have found help and recovery from these problems. Just send an e-mail and ask what you want to know about the treatmnt.

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