Henry 2015-12-08 17:52:18
My 81 year old father has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was
checked every several months for the past 3 years and his doctor always
reported PSA levels under 4.0, usually 3.5.
A few months ago his PSA changed marginally and during his physical exam, he
noticed a “hardening”. Anyway, he did a biopsy and discovered the cancer.
It has not spread and his PSA level has remained at 3.5.
He sent us to his radiologist for an exam and suggestions on treatment. We
were told it would consist of 3 hormone shots to reduce the size of the
tumor and radiation treatments lasting 8 weeks.
The radiologist recommened we only do the hormone shots and not do the
radiation treatments. He felt between his age and stable condition of the
tumor for a few years, the radiation might cause him more harm than good.
Now, after consulting with the doctor, the doctor wants to have the full
treatment consisting of the hormone and radiation. These two are long term
As you can see, this makes for a difficult descision. We will of course do
what is best and probably seek a second opinion, but does anyone in the
group have a similar experience for me to draw upon?
Appreciate any help.