May 23, 2013 - 10:33 am
Just to give a brief background my Father was diagnosed August of 2012 with Stage 4 , Gleason 10 Prostate Cancer with mets to the lymph nodes, hip bone and spinal T11. He was admitted into the hospital due to extreme weight loss of 20 pounds, rectal bleeding, and bone pain. My Father is 61 years old, was in Vietnam has since been confirmed that Agent Orange caused this. Prior to diagnosis he ran 3 miles a day and is a vegetarian. Doctors diagnosed his Prostate cancer as rare and aggressive and believed prior to final biopsy that is was a sarcoma. They found cancer in all 16 cores of his prostate and labeled it as a Necrotic Carcinoma.
It has been awhile since I have posted on this board regarding my Father's condition. As of February of this year my Father's PSA level has gone from 0.004 to 0.22, 0.17, and now is 0.13.
He is also experiencing shortness of breath, when he speaks it sounds as if he is breathy, runny nose, and and a periodic cough?
The doctors at NIH are mainly focused on his PSA level, and he was informed to today that if they see a spike in his PSA again then they will put him on Provenge?
My question is as far as his PSA should the doctors only rely on this as a measure of the disease, and should they request more scans due to his latest symptoms I described earlier?
Once again thank all of you for your comments and suggestions.