Treatment for Prostate Cancer

July 18, 2008 - 15:16

My Dad who is 83 is receieving treatment for Prostate Cancer since 1995.
Since 1997 he is taking Cassadex & Prostap every 12 weeks.
Both those treatments are no longer working plus the cancer has spread to his hips & possibley the spine.
the Doctors are now considering radiothreapy & steroids.
He has a lot of pain in his lower back plus he is losing feeling in his legs.
How succseful would the new treatments be.
Also the bone strengting treatment has had a bad effect on his kidney function.

August 4, 2009 - 14:30

Hi ptrkehoe,

I am afraid I don't know much about Prostate Cancer so I hope someone replies to you soon. But I just wanted to say that radiotherapy for bones mets is usually very good for relieving pain. I don't know how effective it would be if the cancer has spread to your Dad's spine but it might make him more comfortable?

In case no one else replies, here is a link to the US Prostate Cancer foundation. They may not be local but they have some good info that might be of some use to you and your Dad. http://www.prostatecancerfoundation.org/site/c.itIWK2OSG/b.47320/k.3A88/Managing_Bone_Metastases_and_Pain.htm

Sorry your Dad and your family are going through this. Good luck!