Good morning everyone,
I continue to be amazed with the positive energy on this site and hope to some day (soon) reach a point of feeling positive. I am working toward that goal. In the meantime, I continue to have questions. If any one can help I would appreciate it.
Is an Uroligist more knowledgable about this disease than an Oncologist? My husband is currently seeing both as he receives his Lupron Inj. from the Urologist and his Zometa IV from the Oncologist. When he began having a lot of blood in his urine, the oncologist was concerned and the Urologist said that he is not worried at this time because my husband's tumor is so big (187cc) and that cancer bleeds. He said it is okay if it is a lot or a little blood. Does this sound logical?
As I read the postings here, I have not found someone who went directly to HT as the only option. Are the doctors saving other options for a later time? It sounds like there is not a lot to do if the HT does not work, although I currently read War Eagles posting who is now having Chemo. (His story is very inspiring and I pray he continues to have lower PSA). Why do the doctors wait for Chemo?
Does HT help to shrink the tumors? Does it take a really long time?
So many questions--I did purchase the book about HT and Prostate Cancer as recommended here, but I am still awaiting its arrival. I am trying to read as much as possible about this disease as it helps me have a focus.
I am glad I found this site where the feeling of understanding and compassion is so evident.
Age of diagnosis--62
2/28/08--PSA 279 DRE--positive/rock hard
Flomax and Casadex started
Biopsy--3/7/08--187cc--Gleason 10--12 of 12 positive--Perineural and LV invasion identified
T4 bone met.--hydroureteronephrosis/right kidney
3/28/08--Lupron Inj. started
4/7/08--Zometa IV started