Sep 06, 2012 - 10:00 pm
Hi all - I posted the other day about my friend who has been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. After inserting the naphrostomy tubes into his kidneys, the kidney function has stablized. We have officially been given his gleason score of 8 and he has bone mets on his foot, leg, hip, pelvis, rib and skull. His bladder and uretha are still completely blocked. His original PSA was 370 and after giving him a shot of lupron and another drug they are down to 240.
My question is this, what can we expect for side effects and results from this shot? I have read a few different things and I am not willing to extend his life with fighting this if the quality of life is significantly deminished. Both his nephrologist and urologist have said he will always have to have the naphrostomy tubes and that his prognosis is like 6 months but his oncologist has said he can make this cancer "disappear". I am just not sure what to believe. We lost my mom 8 months ago after battling colon and breast cancer and I just don't want Doyle to suffer like my mom did with her treatments. It was awful and I will always regret that we didn't end her treatments sooner to help with her quality of life at the end.
Any thoughts and experiences would be really appreciated.