My Dad is 70 and was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in August. Unfortunately it has metastasised to his lumbar spine, 2 spots in his pelvis and a pelvic thyroid, gleason score 4+5=9 and PSA 68. His first PSA check was in December 2017 and it was 7 so things seem to be progressing quite quickly. This came as a great shock to us because he hasn't and doesn't have any symptoms.
The MO said his aim is to try and extend his time with us by 50% which equals 1-1.5 years, though he said some of his similar patients have survived a few months to 3 years. Obviously none of those options sit very well with us. I want at least another 10
He has this week started hormone treatment and in 3 weeks is adding chemo to the mix. We also just sent his bloods away for Gene testing.
Aside from this he has atrial fibrillation as well as some blockages and is pre-diabetic. We are also meeting with a radiologist in the next few weeks to see what he can suggest. I've looked in to some of the results of SABR treatments and they look promising...?
While I wouldn't wish this on anyone, I guess I'm just really hoping that there are some men out there that had a similar diagnosis and are doing well, or living longer the the timeframes we were given. And also, if anyone could give us some reassurance that we're doing the right things. The oncologist mentioned that gut health is the most important thing on chemo to avoid infections and sepsis. Can anyone recommend what they do to avoid this?
Are there any tips anyone can share in relation to treatments and side effects?