Jul 31, 2012 - 3:38 pm
My father was diagnosed with PCa about two months ago. I have not been able to go to a Doctor's appointment with him yet and all my family will give me is "It's all going to be ok" I'm the kind of person that wants to know EVERYTHING about something when I first hear about it and have been searching the internet for weeks trying to get answers. I've gotten a lot of information, but nothing that says "ok, here's what's REALLY going on." The nomograms I've read are very difficult to understand and all I really want is for someone, or a couple of you, to give it to me straight. I'm more than open to well wishes, words of encouragement,and success stories (I want to be positive about this!!) however I feel that in order to take care of my Dad effectively over what will certainly be a rough couple of years, I'd like to know the facts. Maybe I'm sick and twisted for this but I want.. no feel the need to know our chances, what he's actually about to go through. Cancer isn't sugar plums and rainbows and I would really appreciate some honest (even if that ends up being somewhat morbid) guidance...
That being said, this is what I know.
Age 55, Type 2 diabetic, and some heart issues whos name's escape me at the moment.
He has only had one PSA test so I don't know doubling rates, and have not been given any information on velocity thus far.
I'm not an MD, so I really have no idea what I'm talking about but hey, that's why I'm here...
*I'm curious as to how the tumor is confined to his prostate (T2) yet has metastatized to pelvic lymph nodes (N1)?
Thank you all so much in advance for any information or advice you may have