I am the guy with advanced prostate cancer dealing with chronic pain from severe nerve damage due to faulty radiation treatment. I was diagnosed at Stage II cancer, and in 2 years, progressed to Stage III. Final arrangements are being made for an advanced PET scan test, to see if any of the pain is being caused by metatasis to the bones, in particular, my right hip and right upper leg bone (femur?). It would be a catch 22 if the test shows something positive, it would give a clear explanation for the increasing pains, but then would move me to Stage IV with the cancer. I am only 59 currently, diagnosed at 56.
I am hoping for the best, but it will be whatever it will be. I am already in a non-curative situation, having been through both surgery and radiation.
Thank goodness for an understanding oncologist and the ability in my area (SC) to not have any difficulties in obtaining the pain meds that I am on around the clock.
Told my doctor, that I don't what we are going to do when the cancer progresses even further, already on loads of Loratabs and Morphine patches. Rather not think about it when it gets even further along.
But, I never give up hope, and try to make the best out of each day, despite my situation.
David in SC