Oct 04, 2006 - 12:45 am
My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in August. He is a laryngeal and renal cancer survivor. Our doctors had set up a regime for external beam radiation and then implanted pellets. He has a Gleason 4+3 and is 72 years old with osteoporosis and a history of heart attack.
We were comfortable with the planned treatment and went to a closer facility for the treatment. That oncologist gave my husband a 3 month Lupron Depot shot which was not in the plan. It has of course delayed radiation.
It has also created huge problems with extreme bone pain and extreme fatigue. Now he is also having balance problems. Our urologist was upset to learn he had this shot as he said it was controversial to start treatment like this and of course after Mac's response to it, we are very concerned. It is now three weeks since the shot. The pain is lessening somewhat, but the balance problems are getting worse and the exhaustion/fatigue remains the same. This is an active man who now can barely get out of his chair.
We hope to go to Seattle soon for a second opinion as now we no longer know what to do. We had hoped my husband would be able to come home weekends during the radiation, but he is now uncomfortable seeing the doctor who gave him this shot for the radiation.
We received the pathology report today and it indicates that he has two different prostate cancers. The second one has a Gleason of 3+3.
Does anyone have any suggestions for him?