Nov 14, 2012 - 3:51 pm
I have used this forum as a great resource for information and to answer many of my questions in the past. Now I'm asking this forum for some advice/thoughts about the current situation with my dad's prostate cancer.
Information about my dad:
Before he had the injection we spoke to the doctor at length about options, side effects of the HT, etc. To be honest, based on everything I've read on this forum and other research online, and based on my dad's doubling rate and Gleason score, I believe this is an emergent situation. However, the dr. seems to have a much more laid back approach with very little urgency for the situation. I'm a straight shooter and just don't feel like he's being totally honest with us in terms of prognosis. I realize he doesn't have a crystal ball and can't give us exacts but we are just trying to figure out what we are up against. We asked about visiting a cancer center specializing in prostate cancer (i.e. Cancer Center of America or Mayo Clinic, etc.)and he didn't feel it would be beneficial to us at this time. He gave us the impression that these centers deal more with "experimental" treatment and we're not there yet. My dad has been incontinent since surgery. This alone has caused him a great deal of anxiety. Everything runs right through him all day long; constant changing. He is scheduled to have the sling surgery on 12/5. The dr. assures him that he will be bone dry the next day. My mom passed away from ovarian cancer in 2010 so he does not have the 24/7 support that I know he needs. I am encouraging him to join a local man-to-man prostate cancer group. We would really appreciate any feedback from this group. Please do not worry about upsetting us or being too straight forward, in fact we encourage it. Thank you so much!!