My Dad is 80 years young. 1.5 years ago he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. It had already metastasized to his lower back area on the bone. His PSA was 550 upon his diagnosis. He was immediately put on the Lupron shot every 4 month and Flutamide administered by pill daily. The PSA went down to 1.6 and that lasted for about 1 year.
At the last appointment in November 2010 his PSA had risen to 37. They immediately stopped the Flutamide and put him on one pill of casodex daily in conjunction with the Lupron shot every 4 months. The last bone scan in December showed that the cancer is all over his pelvic region and on some vertebrae. He has a migrating kind of PC cancer and it builds bone on bone (blastic). It makes his hip rotation very tight, but he is taking daily PT to stop himself from seizing up. He was a very active and SOCIAL man, but he isn't doing much of that anymore. Of all the doctors we have seen.....no one talks about what's to come. His prognosis is pretty good....2-3 years....from November 2010. I'm his support and I have no idea what is next for us. I have read and read, but it is all such medical hoopla that I'm not sure how to best prepare.
My Dad was a leader of Firemen and women his entire life and it has all slipped away...I know he is 80 years young, but his is a fighter and that coupled with a little denial can go along way.
Does anyone out there have any advice for what is to come? Sincerely, Marty's Daughter