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Dads Biopsy showed cancer.

May 26, 2015 - 25 comments

Just got the call from mom.  One out of his twelve samples showed cancer.  His cancer score is a 6 (I read this is the lowest number on scoring??) Thank GOD!  I didn't want it to show anything at all but if it was going to show something I was praying it wasn't the worst.  His options were to wait and watch, come back every 4 months to recheck or have something done now and I'm thankful he chose to do something now.  Why would anyone want to wait?? He has to see a radiologists on June 2nd because one of his options were chemo seeds? implanted in his prostate.  I've read good things about this but the only down side is if in the future if something comes back he won't have the option to remove the prostate.

If anyone knows anything about this at all I'd appreciate some feed back.  His results were...
Right Mid-Prostatic adenocarcinoma, Gleason score 3+3=6. 1.5MM; 8% of tissue, PIN4 and CK-903 performed.

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by pb95, May 26, 2015
I can't even begin to think of what to say that will make anything make sense or feel better.  I'm so sorry this is happening to you.  You will pull through as you always do and hopefully feel the love of all of us on here to support you.  Hugs.

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by KTowne, May 26, 2015
I'm SO glad you guys caught it early (if it's anything at all), and it can be taken care of, praying he does well with treatment!!

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by Des_a_rae, May 26, 2015
PB I don't know if I'm even thinking straight.  I think I'm numb to everything now.  I asked Brian earlier "when do things start getting better?".  My daddy is the strongest man I know and I pray and have no doubt he'll beat this and we'll get past it but in the moment, it's just so scary.  I can't imagine what he's thinking.  He's about to be 58 years old and strong as an ox, but stubborn as a mule lol.  I guess that's what's gotten him this far.  

Thank you so much!!  


Thank you so much also KTowne.  Me Too!!!  He had to have his yearly physical for his CDL licenses and his numbers were a little elevated.  So they referred him to a urologists and they rechecked and they were up a tad more.  Thank GOD for having to have a physical.  

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by Belle313, May 26, 2015
This diagnosis ***** (C) but your right, it's good he caught it early!! Thank goodness your dad wants to get rid of it now. Why won't they remove the seeds? Does it have something to do with them being radioactive? I might think getting another opinion would be good to help make the right treatment plan (for your dad).  I'm sorry this is another worry on your plate.

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by journey2motherhood, May 26, 2015
Desarae, I understand what you are feeling.  If you need anything I'm happy to be there for you.  My advice is always take it one day at a time.  Cancer seems to have a mind of its own but there are so many great treatment options now.  My dad is doing pretty good considering and I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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by journey2motherhood, May 26, 2015
Desarae, I understand what you are feeling.  If you need anything I'm happy to be there for you.  My advice is always take it one day at a time.  Cancer seems to have a mind of its own but there are so many great treatment options now.  My dad is doing pretty good considering and I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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by butterflybabies, May 26, 2015
So sorry to hear but glad it was caught early. Praying for you guys!

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by Des_a_rae, May 27, 2015
Thank you so much Ellen. I keep thanking God for him having his routine physical for his CDL license because who know if it'd been caught in time if it wasn't for that.  The way I read about the seeds they can do it 2 different ways.  One way is to be more aggressive with the strength of the seeds and those he'll go in as outpatient, have them planted for awhile and then they'll remove them and he'll leave. The other way I read is they'll plant about 50 or more seeds and let him leave.  They'll stay there and work kind of like time release medicine does.  I really hope the radiologists can fill us in way more.  I should've went with my mom to the Dr. appointment because it was just so much to take in but I'm definitely going to the radiologists appointment.   Now if he chooses to do the seeds, later on in life IF the cancer comes back having his prostate completely removed will not be an option.  Something about the seeds being in there and doing something to the prostate.  I have no idea, it's really not making sense right now but I'm going to read more about it.  I'm sure we'll know more options and reasoning come June 2nd.  

Thank you so much Journey.  I hate cancer.  We lost Brian's sister n law last Sept 2014, We just lost Brian's brother not even a month ago, losing a dog as we speak to lymphoma and now my dad.  I'm like my mom, no matter how small or less aggressive cancer is cancer. Brian's brothers cancer was very aggressive and we didn't even have 6 months with him.  I think of you and your family often!!  Saying prayers for you all also.  Glad to hear your dad is doing pretty good.  I just pray my daddy keeps good spirits about it.  He's such a fighter, so strong and I don't want him going down, not even with worry even though I can't even imagine.  We'll just have to keep his spirits high for him. :)  

Thank you so much Lily.  So am I.

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by heather727, May 27, 2015
Oh Des, I'm so sorry. My dad went through throat cancer treatments while I was pregnant with Alicia. His prognosis was always good and he pulled through fine, but it was still a terrifying experience to have to go through. I wish your dad a safe and speedy recovery. Take care!!

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by Des_a_rae, May 27, 2015
Thank you so much Heather.  Yes very scary and I'm so happy to hear your dad pulled through.  I'm praying the same for my daddy.  

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by krichar, May 27, 2015
I'm happy they caught it early, but still I'm so sorry over the diagnosis. It's br easy to hear and live had a rough go :( I'm sure he will beat this and come through on the other side just fine. Know I am here whenever (well not HERE, but you know where to find me) if you ever need anything!!

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by Emily_MHManager, May 27, 2015
Hi -

Sorry to intrude, but I saw this and wanted to comment. My dad has prostate cancer, and has been fighting it for 8 years now. He did the seeds, too, and while it is SCARY, he's doing really well, overall. You'll hear a million bad stories, so I wanted to make sure you heard a good one. Feel free to send me a message any time.

Emily

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by Des_a_rae, May 27, 2015
Me too Kellie and tysm!!  Ugh it's awful.  I hate sounding selfish but not sure how much more I can handle mentally.  I feel so bad for my dad. He's always so busy, hard working and he never stops.  Today he's quiet and I can tell he's worrying.  I hate not being able to take that away.  Seeing him sitting in silence.  I wished I had answers for him.  I wished I could tell him it's going to be okay.. but I can't and it's killing me.  

Thank you so much Emily.  I hope you don't mind, I sent you a message.  

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by melimeli, May 27, 2015
My dad did the beads (seeds) 15 years ago!  It worked like a charm and the recovery time was great!  You catch it early and it is very easy!  Dr says all men if they live long enough will get prostate cancer...

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by Belle313, May 27, 2015
If you like I can see if the docs here will comment on whatever option he's thinking of or questions you might have. They owe me this favor and I'd be happy to help if I can. My uncle had this and went everywhere he could trying to get as many expert opinions as he could. You can't ever have too much knowledge.

I want to mention that there are support groups for families that help you all understand and get thru this. There are other people you can meet who are going thru the same emotions and treatments lending their support. I know my uncle benefited from a well body and mind approach. It helped keep his spirits up.

We can chat anytime except Tuesday which is surgery day for me.  Sending love and peace your way

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by veronica0808, May 27, 2015
Good thing it was caught early... be praying for everything to go well

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by Shannon79, May 27, 2015
Well I was hoping to read better news Des. But I'm glad it was caught early so he has the best chance of fighting it.

Will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers

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by Shannon79, May 27, 2015
I forgot to add. On a side note, my uncle beat prostate cancer.

Here in Canada a prostate exam is covered under our government health plan. But only after you reach a certain age. I can't remember what the age is (somewhere around 50), but he was under it. So he had to pay for it out of pocket. It's a good thing he did or it wouldn't have been caught when it was

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by Des_a_rae, May 27, 2015
Meli that's great to hear about your dad considering the circumstances.   We know of no one that's been through this other than the stories I've read and with you ladies helping with your stories.  It's comforting to know and everything that's been shared with me so far has been promising.  It's really making me feel so much better on the inside.   Thank you!

E, tysm!  I'd love to get all the info I can.  Like you said, You can never have to much. I've been researching and trying to find as much as I can.  Thank you for the offer of your favor, but I'd feel so much better if you put it to your use.  You may need that more than I do right now.   <3    We're definitely trying to keep our spirits high.  We had to meet with our Cancer Insurance Agents this morning to get his claim started.  Thank god for cancer insurance.   June 2nd cant' get here soon enough. I want to know the specifics.

Thank you so much Veronica.  I'm so thankful for it being caught early.  

Shannon, thank you very much! They do the same thing here about the routine exam but as of last year everything was fine then this year was time for his physical and I can't thank GOD enough for that.  I hate to think this might not of been caught soon enough had it not been for his yearly physical. Great to hear your uncle beat it.  It's always wonderful to hear something positive!  

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by mhv, May 27, 2015
I am glad they caught it early!  Cancer seems to be everywhere :(. I hope he makes a full recovery!  Hugs Des!  You are seriously one of the strongest people I know!  

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by Des_a_rae, May 27, 2015
Thank you so much Mel!  I know, it's so scary.  I know of 6 people alone in the past year. Five of those are in my family, then there's you and Retta.  I'm not sure about strong because I'm emotionally broken.  My nerves are shot and I honestly don't know what to think or how to think anymore.  It's definitely a day at a time kinda thing right now.  I pray daily for strength and to keep my sanity.  Thank you again!  

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by mhv, May 27, 2015
I know!  It seems to be becoming so common!  It's crazy!  I don't know how you are doing it girl!  Don't underestimate yourself!  You are so so strong!!!  Take care of yourself!  Please!  Maybe you and Brian could go away, if just for a night, to recharge! Heaven knows, you deserve it!!

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by Shannon79, May 28, 2015
I definitely agree about the getting away part. Even if it's a cute little B&B the next town over.

You need to relax and unwind and recharge your batteries. You've been through so much, and you definitely deserve it!

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by Des_a_rae, May 28, 2015
It really is Mel.  It's so scary.  It used to be that you knew of someone that knew someone.  Now there's several in a family.  So scary.  Thank you so much again.  Oh Lord yes, a day away would be wonderful lol.

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by Des_a_rae, May 28, 2015
Thank you so much Shannon.  Yes that would be wonderful.  Between Brian's work being so busy right now..  but maybe we can make a day.  It would really be nice that's for sure.  Just hope we don't carry our worries with us with so much going on.

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