Dad considering palliative Chemotherapy

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Hi there, thank you for taking the time to read.

My dad was diagnosed with advanced metastatic prostate cancer over 4 years ago. At this point he declined chemotherapy and opted for hormone therapy (abritarone) which had been working well and made him feel generally well. His PSA dropped massively and he was able to go about a relatively normal life.

More recently his PSA started and has continued to climb. The hormone therapy is no longer working.

He is now considering palliative chemotherapy, but is very concerned about the effects this is likely to have. He is a very private person, to date he has almost been able to ‘pretend’ that he doesn’t have cancer.. but this will make things more ‘real’.

I’m aware that there are many different kinds of Chemotherapy. What will his treatment likely look like? He has Prostate Cancer that has spread to his bones.

How can I best support him through his treatment? Cry

  • Hi  and a very warm welcome to the online community which I hope you'll find is both an informative and supportive place to be.

    I'm sorry to read that your dad's treatment for prostate cancer is no longer working and he's now considering palliative chemotherapy.

    As you know, the online community is divided into different support forums so I'm going to recommend that you join the prostate cancer forum as you'll then connect directly with others who have this cancer and have had chemotherapy.

    To join, just click on the link I've created and, once you've joined, you can start a new post in the same way as you did here and join in with existing conversations by clicking on 'reply'.

    It would be great if you could put something about your dad's diagnosis and treatment into your profile as it really helps others when replying to you and also when looking for someone on a similar pathway. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.

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