I've missed you all very much but I needed a break . . .
Anyway I have some good news about
my dad to share with you. Since my last post my dad had 38 sessions of radiotherapy treatments. They begun May 10th and the last treatment took place around July 10th. It was a difficult period for us especially for him. Thank God he suffered almost no side effects, only around the last week he was a bit tired and had diarrhoea for about
2 days and that was all. So one may wonder why was it so difficult? The answer is simple, he was always hungry
. Along with the prostate problem we discovered that he also has diabetes type B which was no big problem till he started the radiotherapy treatments. Till then he was following the low fat-almost no redmeat and dairy products diet and he was eating a lot of vegetables and fruits. However when he started the treatments they gave us a special diet that prohibited all these foods. He ate so much chicken and fish that he ended up hating them.
Like I said by the end of July the treatments ended and we had to wait a month for his next PSA but he could eat again so he was happy!! He had his PSA in the beginning of August and the results were great 0.3. It kept dropping. We visited his doctor and he was very pleased. He examined him and said that the prostate has almost "vanished".
The plans for the future are as follows: he will not have another 3 month injection (he had his last one at the 24th of August), he will continue to take Casodex till this December and then he will be off it too. He will have a new PSA and a new MRI around January 15th 2008. No new bone scan is needed unless there is a significant elevation of the PSA.
Those were my news for now and I hope they will be always good.
There was another thing I wanted to share with you guys. I don't know how many of you have heard but for the last 6 days we have great wildfires in Greece. Almost half of the Peloponnese has burned and we count till now 64 dead among them children and young people. More than a hundred villages are totally destroyed, our forests and the animal in them are gone and the next day appears grim since the survivors have no home and jobs to return to. My father's problem seemed trivial compared to this situation. He has a chance to fight this battle, those people had no chance at all. I guess what I am trying to say is that we should cherish every day we spend with our loved ones no matter the problems and the difficulties, because we don't know what the next day may bring ...
Please say a prayer for those gone and for the ones that were left behind
thank you all
Dad is 61 years old, diagnosed 11/06
PSA 56,7 all samples positive,
Hormone Therapy (complete androgen blockade)
cancer in both sides of prostate
Propable bone metastases