Posted 7/14/2013 8:11 AM (GMT -7)
English Roger ...
I'm not sure why there haven't been replies to this thread - unless it's because it is about a potential kidney problem for someone who has prostate cancer - but it's posted under Kidney Problems.
I do have advanced Prostate Cancer - and kidney problems as well! I was in the hospital three times from January of 2011 to June of 2012 - with what ultimately was called kidney failure. The diagnosis by my oncologist
in January of 2012 was that the metastasized prostate cancer had moved into the area of the right kidney and was blocking its function of going to the bladder.
Rather than going into dialysis, another procedure was tried ... and it has worked pretty well for the past 13-months since June of 2012. I had a nefrostomy tube placed on the right side for that kidney - and an internal stent placed on the left side for that kidney. The nefrostomy tube was placed by a Radiologist and needs to be replaced about every 4-months - and the stent is replaced about every 4-months by my Urologist.
If the day ever comes that you're given a choice of a need for dialysis or other procedures - please research the nefrostomy tube placement. It is less invasive to me - and while there is a maintenance factor, it is so much less confining than doing dialysis a couple of times a week.
Wish you well.
PCa originally diagnosed in 2003/2004 at age 60
Radiation (5x5-days) & Brachytherapy (96-seeds) in 2004
PSA in normal range then - for about 6-years
PSA increasing in 2010 & bone scan OK
Casodex briefly - then Lupron from late 2011 to current
Pelvic catscans inpast 30-months - 7 total
Zytiga oral chemo for 5+ months until July 2012
Prednisone added treatment - 5mg twice daily
PSA increasing continuously with Zytiga
Xgeva injections added - monthly
Taxotere intervenous chemo for 30-weeks (11-sessions) to April 2013
PSA dropped from 54+ down to 12+
No chemo for 2-months - PSA up from 12+ to 23+ in June 2013
Xtandi oral chemo started three weeks ago
PSA sceduled for next week - after 4-weeks of Xtandi
Note - only prostate cancer tests/treatments listed above. The kidney function treatments were much, much less - consisting of some diet restrictions & the nefrostomy tube + stent mentioned above.
Again - best wishes to you ... don't ignore the kidney function!