Oct 05, 2012 - 3:00 pm
Doyle had his PSA checked on Wednesday and I am waiting for the doctor to call me with the results. When he was first admitted into the hospital, his PSA was 372. While in the hospital it had dropped to 240. I am anxiously waiting to see what it will be 30 days out after being on Casodex and receiving his first Lupron shot. Any ideas? Is this s number that lowers quickly or does it take a while? I could tell by the scans they did later in the day that the tumors had not really changed from before but if they don't have the fuel they need (testostrone) to grow, I wonder how long it will take before they shrink? Doyle did get a three month shot of Lupron at 22.5 mg. The nurse said it was a standard dosage so here is hoping that it will continue it's magic for him.
Also, he has nephrostomy tubes in each kidney and they checked those as well on Wednesday. The radiologist was checking for return of function to the bladder and to see if the tubes were getting clogged. There has been no visible improvement so they said again, that it is unlikely that he will ever recover emough to have the tubes removed (he is not a candidate for stents). They allowed me to go back with him while they did this check up and it was a little fascinating to me what the medical world can do. These tubes are the only thing that is keeping Doyle from going into renal failure as he has no other way to release his kidneys. He has to go back in 6 weeks where they will replace the tubing as I guess they get debris and the body starts to break down. I can't imagine how hard this is on a person's body but if this is your only option and it works then keep it up.
Hope someone can shed some light on the PSA results. I will post them as soon as I hear!