Saturday, 2 April 2011

BACK IN AUSTRALIA 29th March 2011

On the 29th of March we flew back into Perth to pursue some treatment for Prostate Cancer, diagnosed in Kota Kinabalu on the 18th of March. David had no symptoms and his PSA was not very high (within the range for his age)  however we were advised to go straight back to Australia for follow up.

We visited a Radiation Oncologist David Joseph for advice and David was referred to a surgical urologist, John Stanley at Hollywood Hospital for further assessment.  David underwent a MRI and CAT scan on Thursday morning before this appointment and we were able to take the results of scans and the pathology results with us. The scans don't show any involvement with Lymph or Bone at this stage and it is considered unlikely to have metastasized. It is however a T3 tumor. He decided that surgery was not an option. Well, not an option he would recommend, as the location of the tumor makes it unlikely that surgery would be successful on its own.

Wednesday 13th of April after a return visit to David Joseph David commenced hormone therapy. This will take six months so we can fly back to Taipan on  Anzac Day April 25th.

In 6 months we will return to Australia for a 6 week therapy of Low Dose Radiation which involves visiting Charlie Gardner Hospital every week day for about 10 minutes. Following this there will be a 2 to 6 week rest period before Intensive Radiotherapy which will require hospitalisation for 3 to 4 days.

This will be the end of treatment we hope.
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and good wishes and we will keep updating this site on developments.