Upsetting news about my Dad.....

  1. Found out Wednesday that there's a good possibility my father may have prostate cancer. His PSA was 5 which prompted his PCP to send him to a Urologist and after examination the urologist said my dad does have a growth on his prostate and there's greater than 50% chance that it's cancer. We won't know for sure until a biopsy is performed. The urologist told my parents that Prostate cancer is one of the most curable forms of the disease but still......the word cancer is scary! Especially when it involves a loved one.
    Now, I know a little about prostate cancer but cancer in general is not my area of expertise. So any info would be appreciated. Thanks guys, you all are the best.

  2. 42 Comments

  3. by   kids
    I'm sorry Kelly, I don't think there is anything scareier than being confronted with a parents mortality (I know nothing about prostate ca but know more than I ever wanted to about non-small cell lung ca).

    Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

  4. by   Hidi74
    My prayers are with you and your family(((((((((((nurse-lou))))))))))
  5. by   LasVegasRN
    Oh, I have been there and know about that scare with my Pops! My thoughts and hugs to you!!
  6. by   dianah
    Have not much knowledge in this area, but thoughts and prayers are with you.
  7. by   jemb
    Sorry about your dad's illness. The possibility that it is cancer is scary. But, the doc was right about prostate cancer being one of the most curable. If it's caught early, he'll be in very good shape.

    Some info and links for you:
    "Autopsy studies have shown that approximately one in three men over the age of 50 years has histologic evidence of prostate cancer, with up to 80% of these tumors being microscopic in size or clinically insignificant. Fortunately, only about 3% of men will die from this disease."
    "A PSA level of 4 to 10 ng/ml is considered slightly elevated; levels between 10 and 20 ng/ml are considered moderately elevated; and anything above that is considered highly elevated. The higher a man's PSA level, the more likely it is that cancer is present "
    Last edit by jemb on Feb 14, '03
  8. by   RNonsense
    So sorry to hear about your dad...sending good thoughts and prayers your way.
  9. by   hapeewendy
    thinkin of you and your dad!
    hope everything turns out okay
    had a scare with my mom about breast cancer , it was terrible, she didnt tell me at first (you know how MOMS can be!) then I heard a msg on the machine confirming her appointment, found that weird cuz moms about as bad as I am about going to the dr , so after much prompting etc she told me, turned out just fine , only cysts but let me tell you, I was crying my head off at the thought of losing her...
    not to be a downer, I'm sure everything will be fine!
    rooting for you and dad from miles away!
    hang in there and please keep us posted friend!
  10. by   jevans
    I am so sorry to hear your news

    Sending you and your family all my love and prayers
  11. by   emily_mom
    My dad had a PSA of 19. He had his prostrate removed and all was well....didn't even need chemo.

    I wish you luck....cancer IS a scary word. Keep us posted.

  12. by   Mkue
    Prayers and hugs coming your way !
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  14. by   Tweety

    Prostate cancer is very slow growing and they've made many strides in treatment. Best wishes.