In his youth, my father was a boxer and a hockey player who wore his hair in a ducktail and enjoyed street racing. His philosophy was simple: work hard, play hard, don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do, stand on your own two feet and don’t let people push you around. Overall, my father was a straight shooter, full of confidence, with a never-give-up attitude.
On December 19, 2018, just one day before his 85th birthday, my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer — 22 months after my own diagnosis. His Gleason score is 4 + 4 = 8, with a PSA of 13.5 ng/ml.
The next steps include a bone and CT scan to help determine if cancer has spread or still contained within the prostate. It’s too early for treatment decisions, but some of the things to consider include test results, age, general health, life expectancy, available treatment options, risks, side effects, and personal preferences.
In the meantime, he’s not worried about it and has no plans to slow down his active and busy lifestyle. You can find him on the dance floor 5-6 times per week.