Yes, I have read your profile. I understand that you are very close to your dad and I am sure that will give him enormous strength through the weeks and months to come.
All I have been trying to say is that you never know what the future may hold and it may not be as bad as you fear. and I sincerely hope that it isn't. But you are wise to prepare for the worst. I know it is a cliche, but I feel it is very true , that we should hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
RT was never an option in my case, because the cancer had spread too far. They did consider palliative RT on my prostate as part of the Stampede Trial, but I have a history of ulcerative colitis, so my onco felt there was a danger of kicking that off again. (actually, I think it has anyway, probably as a reaction to the HT)
Ten sessions is a lot, but if he can cope with them all, it will help him a lot afterwards. I was supposed to have ten, but after six cycles, the onco felt that the toxicity of the chemo would outweigh the benefits. Might be worth discussing this with your dad's onco?
Yes, I have a very good support network. I am married and I have two grown children who both live very close to me. My wife has been by my side at every onco appointment, every ct, bone, MRI scan, every HT injection, every GP appointment and she has even been at my side in A&E until 4am (twice!) and back at the hospital visiting me at 2pm. Yes she has been wonderful and so, so supportive. We don't talk about my cancer all that much, but occasionally, it will come up and we will talk for hours about it. Its as if we need to let it build up and then suddenly let it out in one go. It works for us anyway! My son and daughter are always around offering whatever help we need.
One big worry I have is that my wife is slowly but surely losing her sight and she is heavily dependent on me. We have been trying to put things into place to help her after I have gone, but I know it worries her as much as it does me. I do keep trying to persuade her to look into getting a guide dog, but she is very reluctant. Because of her sight loss, she will probably never come on to this forum, but I have asked my son to log on for me if ever I can't do it for myself.
I am also on the community palliative care team's list and the district nurse comes to see me now and again (she is coming tomorrow actually). I was put under the care of the palliative team immediately after diagnosis. It is reassuring that they are available on call any time I need them.
So yes, I have plenty fo quality support.
Well, I am going on a bit ,so I will finish there. As always, I send you and your dad my very best wishes