Jan 20, 2013 - 3:21 pm
My dad will turn 78 this April .....God willing
his first battle was 12 years ago when he went in for a prostatectomy, which do to complication the removal was unsuccessful. He thn went through several weeks of radiation, and PSA levels returned to normal. We were told watchful waiting until the prostate cancer rears its ugly head, probably in 10 years.
about 2 years ago, almost to the day lupron shots were started and kept his levels in the normal range.
christmas 2011 he stared with leg pain, and lower back pain. By march the urologist recommended a TURP....
Several trips to the hospital, we lost count after 15....
5 stays in the hospital, by sept he was told the prostate cancer had spread to the lymph nodes. Huge mass in the lower back(lymph node)
by this time he has lost 70 pounds...he is 6'4" and weighed 220.
its time to see the oncologist.
PET scan shows several hot spots through th lymph nodes, from the lower back, up to the armpit but only on the left side with no bone lesions. Recommend radiation for pain relief, which was a success.
But now his PSA level started raising, and the tumor under his armpit grew. Casodex which was introduced in October was stopped and chemo(taxotere) started on dec 29th. That treatment landed him in the hospital for a week with. Blood infection and puenomonia
Thursday, this past week...three weeks from the first chemo treatment hit he tumor grew 3x tuse size from dec 29th. The oncologist said it was time to introduce zytiga. It's been ordered and he will start that this Thursday.
he is in very poor health at this point, everything stemming from the cancer. Never been sick a day in his life, but the PC.
not sure what to expect
ive been surfing know Internet trying to find successful cases, and its our understanding if zytiga doesn't work that dad won't survive much longer. Once treatment is started what time frame before they say its working?