can you give me the cold hard truth please? UPDATED!!!!
i posted on here around 2.5 yrs ago, when my FIL was diagnosed with gleason 7, 3+4 and had his prostate removed.
it appeared to be contained and didn't appear to breach any margains when they looked at it after the surgery, but he was still registering a low psa score .
at the time, i asked why that would be, as from what i had read, that only meant one thing, and that was that there were still prostate cells remaining in the body, and seeing as the prostate had been removed, it should have been nil, except for microscopic spread, but his surgeons assured him that can happen sometime, and we would just have to wait and see.
he had a specialist visit the other day, and his psa is now 9.5 , 2.5 yrs later ,so he has to go for scans etc now...
obviously, there is spread of the disease.
i have read heaps on here over the years, so i guess i know what this means, and i would like some honesty please, so we can brace our selves for the coming years.
He is only 69, and should have had many years left.
we don't want to spend the rest of his years fretting about what is to be, so what is the general deal in this case...?
is it like -10 years of hormone therapy, at which it stops working, then you get a few more years, or what?
can it take some people quite quickly?
if we know he might at least make it to 83 etc, then at least he will have had a long life, if not long enough, but if its only a few years, he will miss out on all his grandchildren...
i know "everyone is different", and people don't like saying "gee, bad news there mate" ,but i would prefer an honest average of how the story normally goes please.
well he got the results back from the PET scan, bobe scan and whatever the other one was, and they highlighted nothing!!!
why would that be?
obviously thre is microscopic metastises that aren't yet showing up, but how do you get a reading that has jumped to 9.5 psa , but shows no spread?
they said they'll follow him up in april.
should they be doing anything else at this time, or is this standard?
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