Sep 02, 2012 - 11:40 pm
Help! My friend (who is more like my father)has been diagnosed as Stage 4 prostate cancer. We are still waiting for the "official" staging from the biopsy and should get that on Tuesday. I guess pathologists don't work on the holiday weekend. Doyle is 81 years old and he called me Tuesday saying he thought he needed to go to the doctor. I have been asking him to go for the last few years and he just kept saying he was fine (he hasn't been to the doctor for the last 20 years!!!!)
He didn't pick up the phone on Wednesday morning so I had my in laws go check on him and they found him collapsed on the floor of our house. He is officially in renal failure as his kidneys have started shutting down. He went into the CCU with incredibly high creatanine levels, over 400 psa and potassium levels that were through the roof. They have inserted a super-pube catheter and two naphrostomy tubes to help relieve the pressure on his kidneys. There has been a little improvement but not much.
Since his admission to the CCU on Wednesday, they have discovered nodules all over his bones, his uretha completely blocked and his above mentioned kidney failure. Once we get his biopsy results, we will develop a plan but he has already said that he doesn't want any treatment. He just wants to be kept comfortable. On a side note, eight months ago he lost my mom to cancer and hasn't been the same since. He says he is ready to go to heaven to be with her. I just want to know what is the typical length of time some one has with this type of diagnosis. I love him and don't want to lose him to but I also don't want him to suffer needlessly. I just don't know enough about prostate cancer and the information online seems a little ambiguous to say the least. Anybody out there who is familiar with this kind of stage, etc?