I have a friend whose father has prostate cancer. From what my friend says the Doctors seemed to be vauge on the details of his conditions and at this point says he is just slowly dying. Other than Supplements and Vitamins the only thing he is taking is Morphinem for the pain. I don't know if it's the assumption that he has no money or if it is legitimately a no hope case.
I'm just wondering if there is anyone else out there with some info or insight on a simlar cituation.
Also if there are any support groups for Spouses and Familys of people with cancer or diseases in the Poznan area please let me know. Thanks to all in advance :)
My wife's dad died of prostate cancer about 18 months ago. We moved back to Poland for 18 months to see him through. He wouldn't have coped alone. The system here is pretty poor :(
Doctors spoke to the family and not the patient (like something out of a 1960's film).
Dad was diagnosed at the stage when the cancer had already metastacised to the bones. They gave him hormone therapy and strontium radiotherapy. The strontium helped the pain and he was great for about 6 months. He had two of those. Hard to get because it's expensive, but dad had a good connection who lobbied for him.
In the end they gave him aredia (pamidronate) monthly infusion to protect the bones from breaking. Once it gets to the bones, it's only a question of time. :( But the time might be 6 months or a few years.
What we found though was that even the consultants don't always know the procedures for getting the best drugs because the rules keep changing all the time.
If you have someone strong and pushy to champion your cause, you have a chance to get the best help, otherwise it's pretty hopeless.
In the end, the doctor and nurses from the pain clinic were absolutely marvellous. If your friend is on morphine already, chances are he's already plugged into that facility, but if not, try to find out if there is one. They were an absolute Godsend for the last couple of months. (both in terms of care for him and advice for us).