My father was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, no cure available only able to slow it down almost exactly a year ago (May 2009) at the age of 56, almost 57. PSA had been checked previously 2 years earlier and no sign, so very aggressive cancer.
A year ago he had PSA 900
and they tried to slow it down with hormone therapy which didn't work and it rose to PSA 1900
(7 months on). Obviously due to the aggressive nature of the cancer it spread to his bones causing metastities. He then had surgery on his spine to remove a more dangerous tumour, which went fantastically and is not an issue now. After this in november 09 he has been having chemo, docetaxel. He has had stints of radiotherapy on this back for pain also. (post surgery and once otherwise)
Between chemo treatments 1-8 PSA level went from 2000 to 287
(!!) now at treatment 9 of the cycle of chemo it has stabalised and is at the same. This is the first post treatment result with no change. He will have one more treatment and then have a break. His hemoglobin level is still fine and he has not had to have a blood transfusion. He still works 4 days a week, and leads quite a busy lifestyle. I am really curious about whether anyones family/you etc were in this situation with cancer this aggressive and wondered how things have gone. All the numbers I look at are high but not this high, so hard to find things that fit in this situation. Obviously the PSA level is still insanely high. He does not want to know how long he has left etc. and is yet to be told about future treatments... another chemo cycle/clinical trial.
Big thankyou to everyone for their time.