dad with prostate cancer
You have been so helpful with my own plight I thought I might tell you about my father.
My 76 year old Dad has been on prostate cancer implants ZOLADEX (Goserelin) for almost 2 years now resulting in the hospital reporting his levels are reduced. So he simply returns 3 monthly for a new implant. He says all is going well and he never reports any issues to them directly. However, he suffers with hot flushes and fidgety legs at night, has put on well over a stone in weight round his middle and reports erectile dysfunction. He seems reluctant to put these at the Zoladex's door as it were, asks few/no questions of the medics nor has sought info online/elsewhere. I think he would be very reluctant to challenge this status quo as he sees it as effective treatment due to the PSA levels. He says the medics chose this route of treatment as 'best in his case'.
However, he also knows that other things have changed for him too that he cannot explain - his memory is poorer, his mind foggier, his energy lower. He suffered an unexplained 'infection' 2 weeks ago resulting in a very high temperature and a frantic visit to Accident and Emergency where he was sent home with broad spectrum antibiotics.. All is put down to his old age, which of course is valid, but does not feel like the whole story, which he feels too.
He is happy to apply additional things to his conventional treatment as long as they do not cause any controversy, and in line with this he applies positive thinking, mindfulness and healthy eating. He used to tke daily Maca that he thought was useful but has decided to stop this (?) He eats very little/no red meats, some whites, moreso fish and lots of cooked veggies and raw fruits daily. Despite my suggestion, few of these are organic though he does use local farms. Mostly he cooks from fresh. He has recently cut out caffeine through coffee, and drinks Barleycup, water and juices mainly. He has begun to drink fizzy soda water as it helps his burning leg pains (due to poor circulation). He does persist in eating Flora Omega enhanced margarine and uses broad vegetable oils.
He is on a number of other medications for his blood pressure and heart.
I would be interested in your and other's comments and thoughts and experiences about this that I may be able to pass onto my Dad in a more personalised way that he would be happy with? I have bought cream I can give him when it arrives!