There are three books, each by a different doctor, at least one of which you should read. The books are by Walsh, Strum and Scardino. You can order them through this website or directly from Amazon.
In addition, it is vitally important that you seek out the best doctors and hospitals you can afford, through insurance or otherwise. There are doctors and there are great doctors. And there are doctors whom, after encountering them, you may choose to "fire" and seek another. Don't hesitate to do it - it's done all the time. This is probably the most important battle you'll ever fight and it's up to you and your dad to guide it through to it's successful conclusion. And it can very well have a successful conclusion, but you two have to be strong, confident and informed.
It might give you comfort to read my signature below. I'm still going strong and am confident about
I wish you both the best of luck.
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
8/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA still undetectable, but get Lupron shot to bring T down from 27
2/2008 Trip to Houston – PSA now 0.5 and nodules larger. Lupron shot.
6/2008 Trip to Houston - PSA undetectable, T is 20 and only one nodule has grown (from 8mm to 12mm). Felling much more confident than after 2/2208 reports
Post Edited (Gordy) : 6/14/2008 10:01:41 AM (GMT-6)