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Posted by: WORRIED DAUGHTER... | 2005/07/13

CANCER IN THE PROSTATE GLAND...

My father is 72 years old. Because he is a depression sufferer he visits doctors fairly often. He got sick in August lst year and underwent surgery to his prostate gland. Various procedures followed and he was diagnosed with cancer early in January. The doctor mentioned that 'it was like cancer but not cancer' - the explanation to an old man on carcinoma.
In April, 2005 radiation treatment was started but ceased after he couldn't pass urine.
He went back to the Urologist and it was suggested that the gland needs to be 'peeled'.
A second opinion was sought and the new Urologist suggested total surgical removal of the prostate.
Could you please advise what the long term results of an operation of this magnitude could be.
Obviously results could differ but it total removal the best option. Radiation treatment has nasty side effects and because of his age, we are considering a quality life instead of many years of suffering.
Your input is appreciated.

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Worried, it all depends on how healthy your father is and how fast the cancer is spreading. Prostate cancer is usually a slow growing cancer and surgery is often curative. Radiation to the prostate has to be done very carefully otherwise he might develop bladder problems (small bladder, leaking, etc). Personally I would opt for surgery if the cancer hasn’t spread outside the prostate. The best would be to discuss it with his GP as he has all the relevant facts at his disposal. Good luck.

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