I understand what you are feeling. We have been through the paces with my stage and I am doing OK. I stay active and forward moving. I have already completed the full array of adjuvant therapies. Surgery, Radiation, HT, and have a great report for you. I believe I can still win this. You guys need to stay positive and really educate yourselves. I highly recommend reading Dr. Myers book titled "Beating Prostate Cancer:Hormone Therapy & Diet". It now applies to your fathers condition and treatment options.
You will likely be told at the radiation oncologists office that your father will need to heal the surgery first. Then if using IMRT, he will be casted then on a daily regimen for between 35 and 40 treatments. You will have the option of HT and it will likely be administered at your next visit with the oncologist. My understanding is that you should start HT for a month or two before radiation. I was 30 days. All of these things are options you need to choose as stage III disease has a lot of contraversy when debating treatment options. Ask your radiation oncologist about
WPRT (whole pelvic radiation therapy). This is likely a recommended path since there was a positive node.
I am very sorry about
that darn pathology. We are going to get through this and we have to believe. I know my challenges and face them with a true commitment that I will do it head on. I don't have time for depression and won't give in. Your father needs to bring forth that same commitment. If you or your father want to talk offline, my EM address is
open in the box on the left under my screen name.
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable. It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 9/8/2007 11:38:37 AM (GMT-6)