Thanks so much. Having a pretty tough day and it really helps.
I've lived abroad for 13 years and moved back as I felt like I should spend some more time with my parents before they got elderly. But my father is one of those types which doesn't like doctors and medicines and has been difficult to get information out. It wasn't until I went to the hospital (Cardiff) with him that anyone really knew what was going on. Then the PSA was 92, which a quick google showed was almost like saying there was a 92% chance he had cancer. So we were both prepared to hear the 'C' word today.
I'm just slightly taken aback that after 14 years of regular PSA checks and occasional scans and biopsies that it sounded so bad... We only had 10 mins with the doctor, not much was explained at all. Just that 9/10 Gleason level, which is pretty scary when you think 10 is the worst!
I suspect he had some infection on the 92 PSA but he was unaware of it.
He had a scan which showed a legion a long time ago, before they could target it for biopsy. So this was the first targeted biopsy. Prehaps that's how the saw the 'suspect' lymph nodes? No other symptoms I believe, no water retention. He's very good for 77, still plays cricket and works as a car mechanic 6 days a week.
Medication... he's been on finasteride and tamsulosin. He takes it now but when he first got the equipment to self catheter he wasn't consistent with taking it... Like I said, he's hard work with this sort of thing and can put up with a lot of discomfort. Which worries me that he might stop taking HT if there are bad side effects...
Thank you so much, I wish I'd been on this forum before today so I could have asked more questions. We really didn't get much information. You've helped me feel less lost. I'm quite stoical myself, I'm sure I'll pull myself together soon and help him get through this as best I can. Thanks again.