Welcome to our group. First stay positive. There are many things that can be done to get the disease under control, but I won't kid you it will likely be a bumpy road. Prostate cancer that has metastasized to bone is not a curable condition. But since I started out with my journey over 4 years ago I have met many like your father and they are still hanging around and some of them are doing very well. The bone scan is a very basic test to see hot spots of the disease. It could be in error but not likely. Given the number of positive samples, the Gleason grade, and the PSA it is likely accurate. Hormonal therapy is a proper step and your father may be eligible for a clinical trial as well.
From this point on your father should be under the best care available. If you state where you are located I am certain that one of our members can tell you where a top gun might be located.
I have worked in advocacy of this disease since 2007 and I run a support group here in Las Vegas. I have seen cases like your fathers respond very well to treatment. Some guys have lived for a decade or more. Learning about
the disease is very important and knowledge will be of immense help. Even if it is you that is learning and passing the ideas along. The initial shock will pass and it's important to keep looking for solutions.
Some of our members will be chiming in with valuable information as well so don't stop posting. You can also get into the Prostate Pointers Mailing List (PPML) located at www.ustoo.org
You can sign on here:www.ustoo.org/Prostate_Pointers.asp
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
Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/16/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.