Nov 18, 2011 - 11:18 am
I am new to this board, but am in desparate need of some hope. My father, whom I am extremely close with, was diagnosed with prostate cancer 5 years ago. He had surgery at that time for the removal of his prostate and we were told it was successful. However, months later we were told that his PSA levels were still up indicating that the cancer was still present. The doctors believed it may have spread to his pelvic bone and he received radiation treatment on his pelvis for several months. The doctor's then put him on hormone therapy to control the spread. At the time he started the hormone therapy, they told us it lasted for an everage of 5 years before the cancer found away to grow even without the presence of testosterone in the body...
Well, we reached the five year mark last month, and my dads PSA levels are rising again. The doctor gave him one final hormone shot (which will last for the next three months) and then recommended that we get some bone scans done to determine where the cancer is.
My dad has had multiple bone scans in the past, but they cant seem to detect where the cancer actually is, only that his PSA levels are rising.
The doctor said that if his next bone scan (scheduled in 3 weeks) shows that the cancer has moved to the bone, he will start chemotherapy. We were told that chemo only works if the cancer has spread to the bones.
I'm very scared. I don't know what any of this means. What will happen if the scan detects no cancer on the bones, but his PSA levels are still up? do they just discontinue treatment? I'm desparately looking to hear from people who have been through something similar.
I am supposed to get married in 10 months, and am now wondering if I should move the wedding up so that my dad is healthy enough to enjoy himself.
Thank you so much everyone.