We’re newbies here, my Father has been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer a week before Christmas 2020.
Age 78 ( but a very fit and active one at that)
T2 N0 M0
Gleason scale of 7 3+4 in 5/6 areas with evidence of extraprostatic extension in tissue sample.
Right anterior 3+3 in 15%
Right Mid 3+3 in 50%
Right Posterior 3+3 in 40%
Left anterior 3+4 in 40%
Left Mid 3+4 in 20%
My Father unfortunately had bowel cancer in 2016 he underwent a successful operation with chemo. He has mild diverticulitis as his stools are a bit loose.
The oncology advised route of treatment seems to be HT+RT our concerns with this is the RT- (external beam) which will probably effect his bowel as we’ve heard some alarming reports of people suffering with bowel urgency etc. We have since heard of a rectal spacer but I believe this is quite difficult to obtain through the NHS has anyone had any experience with this?
Also he has been offered the Pace C trial any comments on this please? We do know that on this trial a rectal spacer is not possible.
My dad was leaning more towards a Prostatectomy (only open surgery possible because of his previous surgery) but recently he spoke with the surgeon who advised him because of his age and previous bowel surgery that this probably wouldn’t be his best option.
Penny for your thoughts people.