My father was diagnosed with advanced Prostate cancer about 6 weeks ago when he was rushed into surgery following numbness in his legs - the cancer had spread and a tumour was pressing onto his spine. Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression.
Fortunately he was operated on swiftly and successfully and though he is not as quick on his feet as he was he can walk well without a stick, climb stairs, drive etc.
He has started ADT (degarelix to start but now Lupron) along with chemo (docetaxel) and has been enrolled onto the STAMPEDE trial. Gets the rare hot flush, but all in all you'd never really guess he was unwell at all.
My question relates to MSSC - all over the Internet it talks about how the prognosis after suffering from this is extremely short, in the weeks or months, but I don't understand how. Is it a different more deadly 'type' of cancer? As far as I can tell it is generally so serious because of its location and ability to cause paralysis if not caught early.
Given that they removed this and my Dad has good mobility etc isn't he in a similar boat to everyone else with advanced prostate cancer that has gone to the bones (standard prognosis 3-5 years)?
Its not immediately clear from my reading. Given how well and mobile he seems and the doctors/Oncologists approach (pretty laid back and going through standard care) surely his prognosis can't be 3 months?
Or maybe I'm just kidding myself
Love and best wishes to you all