Hello - my name is Jemima and I'm already an active member of Ovacome having been on my own Ovarian cancer journey last year (I'm 34 & thankfully currently NED). I also lost my darling Mum to primary metastatic liver cancer 4 years ago - her diagnosis also coming out of the blue and culminating her in her losing her battle 7 months later - so this evil beast has been working it's way steadily through the lives of those that matter the most to me.
Yesterday, after PSA checks of 30 & 26 respectively and biopsies taken 2 weeks ago, we were given the news that my otherwise very fit and healthy Dad of 78 (just turned...but easily passes as a man in his early 60's) did, indeed have an aggressive form of PC with a Gleason of 8 (3+5). The next steps are CT & bone scans to check for spread to lymph nodes and/or bones. Once we have those results, a treatment plan will be devised. He has already been started on hormone therapy. We've been told this is likely to be radiotherapy (no chemo was mentioned) & despite my Dad being super fit and healthy, they won't operate due to his age. My Dad lives over 3hrs from me with my sister so this time, I don't feel at all in control of things, whereas with my Mum, I was with her from start to finish as her main carer.
I guess I'm just wondering what we can expect, from the best to worst case scenario? I seem to have educated myself beyond a normal layman for liver and ovarian cancer but know little to nothing about PC other than what I've gleaned online in the last few days. I have also asked my sister to see if we can have a copy of his biopsy report as I am definitely a person that does better with detail and knowledge. Many people are telling me it isn't the death sentence it used to be and that most men die WITH PC and not FROM it but surely that is the case if it's caught early? What if it HAS spread?
As you can imagine, we're all feeling a little overwhelmed trying to come to terms with this latest blow from this bas*ard disease, so I thank you in advance for any advice you can offer me.
Wishing you all well in your own journeys,