Hi Curious 2,
Welcomem to HealingWell. This is a great site for patient to patient (or loved ones to loved one) interaction This site has many knowledgable people. When you say hormone estrogen, I am not sure what type, if you have that information it is most helpful. So are other important markers as follows:
Gleason Score: Thsi is two numbers adding to a third Mine is 4+3=7. This tells us how aggressive the cancer is.
Stage: It sounds like they work off the clinical stage. TNM is the system ~ Mine is T3b, N0, Mx This tells us how large the tumor was before he started his treatment.
PSA: or prostate specific antigen. Mine was 19.8. This tells us the amount of PSA blood serum was detected. This is usually the first marker of prostate cancer, and is needed to assess the potential spread of the disease. It is also used to detect prostate cancer, and if it has returned.
Your father having had Radiation has already had this information available to him. Since his cancer has returned the PSA is important. If he is no longer on the hormone therapy, the next likely next step is to put him back on it. This will keep the cancer at bay for a period of time. Ask him about these things, and if he doesn't know them ask him if you can get it. It will help a great deal. And learning more about prostate cancer will help you as well. It will keep your fears in check, and it will help you help him. There are some great people here, so stay around. We are glad to help in any way.
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, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (September 17 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
You can visit my Journey at:
Tony's Prostate Cancer InfoLink Page