Dunk10x 2015-12-08 18:17:21
My father, who is 73 and computer-challenged, has had PCa for almost 6 yrs.
PSA around 25, checked every 6 months.
A month ago, he had nausea and back pain; nothing helped.
His G.P. checked PSA, it was 1300 !
Now, the bone scan is positive for metastasis (no details yet).
CT scans of head and belly are negative for anything interesting.
Problem is, he can’t hold food down. he is not on ANY meds now, and
can’t start hormone therapy until he can eat.
All of the nausea I have read about says it is a side effect of chemo or something,
but his isn’t .
What should he do?
Have heard of BDR preparation, but doctor didn’t say if he recommended it.
John loomis 2015-12-08 18:17:28
Wow. we are not miracle workers here.Sounds like you are on a tough road!
Best I can say is love your Dad, and maybe try hormone blocking. It is a
drug that stops testosterone that feeds prostate cancer. It is Lupron.
anyway an injection last many months. Cancer likes testosterone, and Lupron
inhibits the testosterone. Dad has many more years. Hope I helped
Palmer_ent 2015-12-08 18:17:35
hi dunkin – somebody is not telling everything.
first, if your father has been known to have pca for 6 years without
treatment, the first question that comes to mind is why no treatment?
second, psa will not stay the same through out this time frame. it will
slowly start creeping up and then skyrocket like a short fuse.
third – the time frame for prostate cancer to usually metastasis is 8
years. you said he’s known that he has had it for 6.
fourth – he’s checking positive for metastasis with the bone scan. so
that’s go along with item 2 and 3.
fifth – they should be paying attention to his doubling rate because
that tells how fast the prostate cancer is growing at this time.
sixth – there are some treatments out there at this stage of the game.
if they haven’t talked with you, then you need to seek them out.
seventh – there probably is a good chance that the back pain is not
going to go away and it can really affect his mood, because he’s
hurting. ask the doctor about pain management.
i wish i could say more things positive, but if he is able to get around
and travel, enjoy these moments and take lots of video and pictures.
you will treasure them.
he may have time to put some form of a check on his prostate cancer up
to a point.
best of luck.
knowledge is power – growing old is mandatory – growing wise is optional
Steve kramer 2015-12-08 18:21:10
Like it or not, I’d say his first step is to transfer his PCa problem to a
urologist or oncologist. I can’t imagine what would be making him naseated,
unless it’s pain. I think that he would be a prime candidate for immediate
hormone treatment (HT) and that would, in all liklihood, immediately relieve
him of his pain. They will then likely radiate his metastases wherever they
can and maybe radiate the prostate assuming that he still has one and that
it hasn’t already been radiated.
Please let us know what the scan says and what his doc(s) say. We support
and like to hear from family members.
PSA 16 10/17/2000 @ 46
Biopsy 11/01/2000 G7 (3+4), T2c
PSA .1 .1 .1 .3 .4 .8
EBRT 05-07/2002 @ 47
PSA .3 .2 .2 .2 .3
Erection 05/12/2003 @ 48
HT 07/21/2003 @ 48