my dad got disgnosed today

July 12, 2019 - 10:44

Hi, just looking to chat to any people going through this at the moment. My dad has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is 73 and in good health apart from this. He had a biopsy in April. He is 7 on the Gleason scale. Apologies if Ive spelt that wrong. He has been given the option of radiotherapy and or surgery. He told me this morning if he had radiotherapy first, he cannot have the operation. Is this right ? For those who have gone though this, what were the side effects. Thankyou all for reading. Much appreciated.

July 19, 2019 - 11:28

Dear Sunflowers07 , Thank you for your post. I’m sorry to read of your fathers diagnosis. This is a difficult decision for many men who are given the option to have radiation or surgery. Generally if you have radiation treatment for prostate cancer, you cannot have surgery after as there may be scar tissue from the radiation treatment. We have a peer support programme here, we may be able to put your father in touch with other men who have had this treatment if that is helpful for him to make his decision. I have attached a link with information about the side effects of radiation treatment, please feel free to call the nurseline if you would like any support or advice, Kind Regards.

Cancer Nurse | Irish Cancer Society.

August 6, 2019 - 09:07

Hi Sunflower

I have just turned 61 and like you dad I was diagnosed with a Gleason score of 7
As my cancer was localized so I opted for the robotic surgery which I had last Wednesday
At the stage I feel pretty good I have no pain,my bowel and appetite have returned to normal and my urine bag is clear since Saturday.
So far it is going well but I still have a long way to go but the signs are good
If you have anymore questions feel free to ask