It is with great sorrow that I share this news of my dad's death last night. He died in his 80th year, sleeping and oblivious to everything, in a coma. Most importantly for him, he did not die from his Stage IV prostate cancer. He got struck by a subchronoid hemorrhage in the brain, when an aneurysm burst. He was conscious up on arrival at the hospital, but never came out of the coma that followed the coiling of the burst vessel.
He died with his PCa in durable remission, with a PSA score of <0.006 for the last three years. Originally treated in 2001, his cancer metastasized aggressively in November of 2014, with a doubling time of less than two weeks, and mets in his bones, lymph nodes and the left kidney. But we were able to recover from that, mostly with the direct help of members of this forum.
Here, we want to thank the oncologists who treated him into a full remission, and their wonderful staff: Dr. Charles "Snuffy" Myers, Dr. Anna Ferrari at NJ Cancer Institute, and Dr. Charles Drake at Columbia Presbyterian in NYC. These are incredible doctors, amazing human beings, who made us feel that we're not alone in this struggle.
And lastly, we want to thank everyone on this forum, who for many years provided a vital form of support, inspiration and knowledge. Thank you so much!
I personally feel robbed of my dad too soon. He was weak with anemia from the therapies, but he was not a dying man. The stroke was like getting hit by a car, it was so sudden. But, as some have told me, he died without knowing that he was dying, and in his coma, he probably felt no pain at all. I love my dad, he did everything right as a parent, but I could not save him this time, and that pains me greatly, it hurts so much, but I just couldn't do it...
Thank you again everyone!