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Dad metastatic prostate cancer

Posted 07 May 2017 18:55:43(UTC)
My dad was recently diagnosed. PSA was 406, bone scan shows metastasis. Hormone therapy is the only treatment doctor suggested. He has a pacemaker also. I am freaking out. Today he experienced a burning sensation in his feet and decided it would be best to be bed bound than risk a fracture. What should we do to support him? I am at my wit's end. He is a physician himself.
Posted 07 May 2017 21:13:31(UTC)
Hi selin
Welcome to this friendly and helpful sight, Sorry that you find yourself here though, My dad is at a different stage to your dad so unfortunately don't really have the knowledge to offer advice but I'm bumping you up to the top, I can guarantee you someone will come along with sound advice and hopefully ease your worries, please take care of yourself

The only time you should look back is to see how far you have come
Posted 07 May 2017 21:54:16(UTC)

Hi Selin, if dad is a physician he may already be aware of the risks of spinal cord compression, and the signs to look out for. If so (and assuming he does have spinal mets) he will know that numbness of the feet is more likely than burning (it is usually the bum and thighs that feel a burning sensation) but he should contact his specialist tomorrow morning and get advice.

I assume he is also in India?

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

Posted 08 May 2017 08:38:32(UTC)

He also knows that being bed-bound is absolutely the worst thing he could do.

Remaining as active as he can is vital.

You don't say how old he is, but the older he is, the more true this is.


-- Andrew --

"I intend to live forever, or die trying" - Groucho Marx
Posted 08 May 2017 09:21:42(UTC)

Heenan, if he suspects SCC then moving around a lot is not a good idea until the spine has been stabilised!!!!

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

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