Hello, 'father's daughter',
If you look under what we post, we include as much information as possible about
our disease. Knowing what these things are will take some of the mystery out of prostate cancer for you. Then knowing what your dad's numbers are will help you understand your fathers case better. He does seem quite silent on it but that isn't too unusual. Sometimes men don't talk about
it because they don't understand it, and sometimes men just don't talk about
it. For me talking about
it helps a great deal. I know where I am and know I can cope with it. There is life with cancer. Talking with his urologist may be a good way to start as long as the urologist will talk about
it. But your father needs to
open up a bit, too. He has to remember that this isn't just HIS disease. In time you will get the imformation from him, but maybe until then, learn about
what a Gleason is, the treatment options, and how to help him. This site can help with all of this and more.
BTW, I have been on Lupron and Casodex for over a year. Your father likely had a shot of an LHRH agonist like Lupron, Eligard, Zoladex, or Trelstar. That is usually prescribed with Casodex in the beginning. He will likely be on a two year stint with it. The side effects are real for me, but I tolerate them well. You might ask, has it spread to the bone or other areas? If so he will likiely be on this treatment for a longer period.
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09.
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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