Sep 20, 2012 - 1:23 pm
Hi. My dad was just diagnosed with advanced metasticized prostate cancer. He had an MRI for disc issues and they found "spots" on his spine, which turned out to be cancer. Followed by a CT Scan, a PET scan, and a PSA test. The scans and tests confirmed prostate cancer that had spread to one lymph node and his spine, hip and rib. His PSA was 1040 and his Gleason score, which we just got yesterday, was a 9, although I don't know if it is a 4+5 or a 5+4. He started Casodex yesterday, and he is having a lot of pain in his back so the doc gave him Oxycontin, which so far is not doing anything at all for him, not even making him high. Not sure what else to do for the pain, but I've read some of you have had radiation for pain. Was it external radiation or injection with Strontium or some other radioactive agent? Did it help your pain? He is due for his first Lupron shot late next week, but the Casodex was to prevent a flare up after the Lupron shot.
Any advice for us, family members, and how we can best help him is appreciated. We love him and don't want to see him suffering if there is something that can help!