Sep 02, 2013 - 7:46 pm
Hi, I recently found out that my dad has prostate cancer. I got this information not from him but, from his wife. I am going to his doctor's appointment tomorrow and am trying to make sure I ask necessary questions. Here is all that I know
My dad is 82. He has been having UTIs and currently has a catheter. My dad told me that he was scheduled to have "some of his prostate removed" His wife told me that the appointment was to have a biopsy. She also told me that it was "very very bad" the doctor said his levels were so high that he either has cancer of prostate or colon or both. The biopsy has not been scheduled and this meeting is with the doctor. He is being seen by the VA and they certainly are not moving very fast. He is also in quite a bit of pain and has dementia.
So, from reading a bit I am thinking that his PSA levels are very high and the doctor may have indicated that the cancer may have spread but he didn't actually mention to the colon (English is his wife's second language)
What are some of the important questions to ask? I know I want to get a copy of his lab work. I will also make sure that I know all tests that have been done and are scheduled to be done. I will ask about his pain. Then need to deal with the dementia but, thinking that will be a different doctor.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.