29 years is possible. It happened to my best friends father. If you have been watching me post here I have been banging a huge drum on the inadequacy of prostate cancer studies. A ten year study tells us little and very few studies maintain the integrity or commitment to be effective beyond ten years. As I continue to learn and grow with my work in advocacy I see more and more of these stories. It has impressed on me the following:
1> Aside from certain advanced intermediate and high risk cases, almost no one dies of prostate cancer in the first 10 years.
2> If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is a lifetime diagnosis. So monitoring should continue for that duration.
From what you are saying I can deduce that your father was diagnosed at age 73 with G6 disease. Many today would have likely sent him home on active surveillance. I can't say that that would be bad advice or not, but at least with the surgery he enjoyed a 13 year remission. Good luck in the coming weeks. You have my prayers that your father returns to remission and continues to another remission.
Davi's question is a valid question. Has you father been tested frequently? Has he been seeing a slow climb? This is important because if this is a sudden jump over the last year it is very aggressive. If he can wait before SRT, He might get another test in three months and see what the delta is.
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas
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