Feb 20, 2010 - 2:06 am
I am new to this site, and honestly can't wait to get accquainted and be apart of it. I am so scared and didn't know where else to turn. My dad is 64 years old and was diagnosed with an aggressive Stage 4 Prostate Cancer back in December 2009. After his biopsy and bloodwork, he had a rating of 8 and PSA of 77. We can not be certain how long he has had the cancer, but I suspect it has been quite some time. What we do know is that it has already spread to his lymphnodes and bones. It is in his skull, femur, rib, clavicle, jaw and lower spine. I am so scared. He also sufferes from Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension.
I have been educating myself as much as possible...books, magazines, the Internet and even at my dad's Oncology appointments. He has started receiving hormonal therapy as he is not a candidate for surgery since the cancer has metastasized. He has only had his first shot of Lupron and is on Casodex for 30 more days for a total of two months. He is weak and tired already. We will find out Monday if his PSA went down or not.
I just have alot of questions and concerns. I guess I am looking for support, stories & experiences(good or bad) and any answers...anything really. I just want to be certain we are ABSOLUTELY getting the standard of care for him right now. I am also worried because they say long term use of Lupron can cause osteoporosis, which we are now extremely concerned since the cancer has already spread to his femur and spine. And with just that, there's always the risk of fracture. I just don't want the Lupron, which is what is helping him control the cancer, cause his bones to get weaker, especially since he is overweight. I am curious about what to expect from this disease in the upcoming months or years. Is there any special diets that can help? I am curious about Zometa as well. Does anyone have any experience with this drug? It is being offered to my dad as a double blind clinical trial. I have done some research online, and I know there are risks. I want to hear from someone other than the doctors. I am curious about life expectancy in cases like my father's. He has alot more to experience in life, especially with my twin sister and I. Such as being a grandpa and walking me down the aisle. I think I have probably rambled a bit too much tonight. I would love to hear from you all and hope I do. Thanks in advance for your help and guidance.