I wanted to ask advice and opinions on anyone that has experienced such a high gleason score of 10.
My Father age 60 was recently diagnosed in August 3rd, 2012 with a Gleason score of 10 and a PSA level of 32.
Prior to my Father's diagnosis he had been experiencing hip and spinal pain, painful urination, also rectal pain and bleeding,
His Primary care Physician treated my Dad with Flomax and 2 rounds of antibiotics.
He was then told to get another Colonoscopy which he had performed in June, they found no polyps but did find anal skin tags.
Once the symptoms continued to worsen which included weakness in his legs after standing for a period of time, the Urologist suggested a prostate biopsy.
The night prior to the biopsy my Father took a Fleet enema and that is when the nightmare worsened he was in such excrutiating pain that we had to dial 911 and have him admitted to the local hospital. The ER doctor immediately put a cathetar on my Father. After a few hours of several pain medications and vomiting. They sent my Father home and my Mother was very panicked so we rushed my Father to Walter Reed NIH in Bethesda ,Md. He was admitted , he vomited several times , his blood pressure was elevated, and he was extremely weak from the pain medication which was mostly because of anal pain.
THe Chief of Urology performed a Turp on my Father 2 days later and then came into the waiting room and told my Mother and myself that he found a large mass that appeared to be rare and aggressive. He said that if it is cancer he has never seen anything like it before and his belief was that it was a Sarcoma.
A few days later they performed the biopsy and that is when they discovered that all 16 cores were cancerous and that he has a Gleason score of 10.
My Dad was immediatley put on Casodex 50mg and they have him a shot of Degerelex. He went back to his Oncologist in September and they gave him a shot of Zoladex. His PSA lowered to a 7.5. I have since spoken to his PA and she has told me that my Father may have 2-5 years to live , but in her opinion and based off of a few similar cases more than likely 2 years.
He is due back next Thursday for more Scans and a PSA update.
Since this has all occurred he has been resting at home, does not appear to be in any pain. He does suffer from daily hot flashes, once a week headaches, nausea a couple of times, vomiting once, and anal bleeding just recently but it has subsided.
This is all very confusing for us, cancer does not run on either side of my Family. Also my Father is a strict vegetarian, runs 3 miles a day, and appears to be 45 at least all of my Friends think so.
My Father is retired Army, served 2 years in Vietnam. Which we learned immediately while he was in the hospital that this is where it came from. He has applied for his VA benefit.
My questions are does anyone know what we should expect? I feel as if the Doctors are not being upfront with his prognosis. Everywhere I have searched online very rarely has a Gleason score of 10.