Apr 17, 2011 - 9:58 am
My father is 80 years old, prostate cancer with bone metatesis, refused chemotherapy, was hoping to get Provence, while waiting payment from Medicare approval he became ineligible, did not pass eligibility criteria.He is on Lupron every 4 months. On March 31st my dad's Oncologist recommended a newly approved medication to prevent bone complications called XGEVA. After the first dosage he had no pain, did not have to take pain medication. On April 9th he had no appetite and started to feel nauseous. The following day at night a severe pain returned on his cervical and torax area and was unable to hold anything on his stomach, we did not sleep that night at all. Next morning I took him to the emergency room, he was admitted, series of testing was done, the MRI's showed he has stenosis on C4-C7, a mass on T1-T2. The hospital's Neurologist and Neurosurgeon were consulted,no surgery was recommended. The Radiologist/Oncologist got in touched with dad's Oncologist, who treats his cancer. The both agreed that my father needed radiation. Before radiation his legs were numb, unable to stand or walk. So far he has received 3 radiations, pain continues and has not regain his appetite,still unable to stand or walk and he is very week. Monday he will be transfered to a Rehabilitation Center for therapy so he could get stronger and hopefully walk. We do not know exactly what to expect from the radiation, hope it does not do to much harm. Many thoughts go through my mind,I wonder how long his has, how much more damage this illness will cause? Dad still refusing chemotherapy, no one can convince him about it. Does any of you have refused chemo, have bone metatesis, how is progressing, pain management, etc.? Please, give me any input of your experience during this terrible journey. Thank you...