Hello. Just joined the community, as my Father, aged 76 just diagnosed yesterday with High Risk, High Grade Prostate Cancer. Gleason 9. PSA at diagnosis, 305. Multiple tumours found in lymph nodes in Pelvis, but as yet no bone Mets and no mets in organs. Doctor has given a likely prognosis of 18-24 months survival, but with likely additional 2 year survival if he has 6 sessions of chemo upfront. Is on Prostap hormone treatment already.
Is feeling healthy (no co-morbities) but gone into a big depression after diagnosis yesterday (not helped by the Nurse who broke the news showing no empathy or signs of hope)
i am supporting him in every way, but would so much welcome any wisdom or comments from the community, as we start this journey - E.g. Is chemo worth the benefit over the possible side effects? Anyone with similar diagnosis beating the 4 year life expectancy we have been given?
Father diagnosed post scans and biopsy, after presenting with urinary symptoms. Trangically, Neither my Father or I knew about PSA testing, and the doctors never offered such a test/screen to him, to catch him early. This is something I am finding hard to come to terms with (feel that I, his GP, and NHS have let him down)
Getting my 1st PSA test on Friday, as know now I am high risk too