Just an update regarding my Dad.
He had his appointment with the oncologist today which mainly focused on the recommendation to start Chemotherapy treatment. The oncologist broke down the reasons why chemotherapy is recommended at this stage, how the process will work and all potential side effects involved, possible infection being highlighted as one to be mindful of especially.
Dad consented to the chemotherapy today and will receive a phone call in a week or so to book in the first of cycles 2/3 weeks after that. My dad is very scared about having chemo, the impact it will have on him and how it will affect his life so he is actually still debating about whether to have it or not. I think/hope he will go ahead with it.
One of the big things that I took away from the appointment today was the Dr saying that the average life expectancy after diagnosis of metasticised PC is 3-5 years and that early use of chemotherapy can extend this by up to 15 months. I already knew the average benefit of chemo but the average life expectancy did come as a bit of a shock. I know that there are people who have lived much longer than that with PC and it is only an average number but just hearing that struck a strong chord with me.
I hope everyone else out there is doing well and enjoying life as much as possible.
Many thanks for reading and as always any thoughts/feedback/comments are greatly appreciated.