As you can see, this is a forum filled with concern and support. You're already getting a wealth of support surrounding you from your post.
There's a lot to learn when you first face a diagnosis. Get connected with a good medical team --- in your father's case, you definitely want a medical oncologist as a "quarterback on your team" --- leading the way, and guiding your father's treatments.
There's a lot of NEW breakthrough treatments that have emerged in the past few years. I'm digging into my third year of the battle since being diagnosed in my later 40s. I'm on ADT hormone shots, have pursued a series of chemo treatments, and now taking ZYTIGA --- one of the newer breakthrough medications that was approved in recent years. All these treatments have kept me living a full life --- full-time career, friends, family, volunteer projects, and social life.
Likely, in your father's case, from the details you shared --- his medical team will be discussing treatments such as ADT hormone therapy shots and the strong possibility of offering him chemotherapy treatments --- the combination of these treatments like these will be used to combat the cancer cells and start CONTROLLING the spread of cancer. When I started treatments, I started seeing immediate results within the first month, which was very encouraging. We are living in a period of time in which new treatments HAVE emerged and there are many "weapons" ready and waiting for your father, as he enters the battlefield.
When you first get diagnosed, you need some encouragement, support, and HOPE. Encourage your father to stay tightly connected to his family, friends, usual activities, hobbies, and faith, in whatever form that may take. Get connected with your father's medical team --- forming those bonds and rapport with your father's medical team is very important, looking ahead.
There are plenty of us here who have been diagnosed with advanced cancer. We've formed a network here --- a bond --- a family of "battle brothers and sisters" --- sharing our stories --- learning new things --- supporting each other through set-backs --- and celebrating treatment SUCCESSES. There are members logging in each day from all over the country --- 'round the clock --- and we have valued members here from foreign countries, as well. We're all here to help --- as you can see from the responses you are already receiving today.
Please stay in touch --- keep us updated on your father's case --- let us know what course of treatments your father begins to pursue --- and most of all, remember --- we're all right here to support you and your father as you begin your medical journey.
Sent with caring thoughts,
"Cyclone" From Iowa State
PSA At Diagnosis In Year 2013 : 138
Initial Diagnosis: Advanced Prostate Cancer, With Metastases In Both Lungs
Age At Diagnosis: 48 years
ADT Treatments: LUPRON, FIRMAGON, and currently ZOLADEX
Subsequent Treatments: Chemotherapy Treatments (TAXOTERE) & now ZYTIGA
Additional Medical Consultant: Dr. Eugene KWON - Mayo Clinic
Current PSA: Consistently < 0.50, With Treatments Ongoing
Post Edited (ISU-CycloneFan) : 2/5/2016 2:56:00 PM (GMT-7)