It is good that your father is at least talking and joking about these things. Perhaps you can see through helping him with his insurance what he is taking beyond the Casodex. You can always come here if you have questions. I personally believe that this is a disease that affects all in the love circle. If a father or husband has it, so too, does a wife, the children, the grandchildren, etc. have the mental challenges that cancer is. I am so glad that I had my caring, loving family and wife around me trying to do things to help. Even at times I didn't want their help I have fully grown to accept that if they feel like helping then I don't stop them. I firnly believe that what a person feels in the first few months of daignosis, isn't what they feel long term. I am nearly two years into this, and my thoughts are not same as they were when I first heard I had advanced disease. But it's my family that keeps me close to reality and that's a good thing. Especially now that I am over a year into hormone therapy which has delivered the most side effects of any treatment I have taken. There will be times your father is depressed while on that treatment, and it may have already begun. At least by looking at his recent actions, he might be over-reacting. But the fact is that he will long outlive that CD. Your father might need the break, so an early trip might be good, and then after he might be more interested in opening up. Stay the course. And stay positive!
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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