Mar 23, 2013 - 9:14 pm
First i would like to thank you in advance for any information offered here, and wish you all luck with your journeys.
My grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 at the age of 88. This isn't his first bout with cancer, he had a kidney removed due to the disease, likely over 30 years ago now. I am aware that at his age it is unlikely that the prostate cancer will be his demise, but I'm still worried nonetheless. I appreciate tact and sensitivity in your responses.
After diagnosis, my grandfather decided on Lupron shots to slow the process of the cancer as he refuses chemo, radiation, or surgery, and rightfully so. Initially everything was as expected, but after a considerable amount of time on lupron with increasing PSA levels, his doctor suggested ending the treatment and discussing his options with an oncologist. My stubborn grandfather is currently refusing the need for an oncologist, which I can understand, to a point. My concern is that his recent PSA test came back at 30, and because he is stalling, I worry that the cancer will spread, making life much more miserable than a visit to an oncologist or other treatments.
Am I wrong in feeling a sense of urgency in dealing with the matter? I'm not overly familiar with prostate cancer, so any information on what to expect, how to help him, and detailed information about the condition would be very much appreciated.