Sep 15, 2006 - 9:45 pm
Now what? My dad went through 6 months of chemo, which ended May 2006. His PSA in July was 6, now (Sept), it is 62. I feel really bad for all the encouraging words I sent people saying that even though theirs or their loved ones' PSA rose during chemo (which happened to my dad), it will go down after chemo. My dad's PSA was around 25 when he started radiation and chemo in Jan. 2006. Ironically, he feels great. Hasn't taken a pain pill in 3 weeks, but his clinic is worried about the 62 PSA. What is next? More chemo? Is it over? He is 72 and was first diagnosed when he was 59. I am more upset now than when he was first diagnosed or when it came back 6 years into the whole deal.
Also, I am REALLY angry at his doctor. What a jerk. My dad's next appointment is Oct. 9, more than 3 weeks from now. The last time my dad saw him was in May. Is this normal? I am ready to send him to Houston to MD Anderson to get better - or at least available - treatment. I know this cancer is slow growing, but something is clearly going on. Don't you think they would set up an appointment sooner to discuss options? My dad is not ready to throw in the towel. He said to me that "they" must have a different kind of chemo that will work. I am really sad, but should I also be this angry at his doctor?
I don't really expect anyone to respond to my anger, but if anyone's PSA went up so dramatically months after chemo and there was a reason for it (other than that it means things are now really bad), I would appreciate it.