Hello Norm .......
I am to a degree in your boat - and do see hospice in my future - sometime at least!
My recent experience with hospice is about 6-months old - and was for my Mother in her last few months of Dementia.
I would absolutely get a second opinion from another oncologist, and also ask your current one why he mentioned that.
My experiences with hospice were:
1) It can be either at their location or your location - many options!!!
2) It is covered by medicare - for costs!
3) The degree of help is tailored to your needs - for personnel!
4) Their purpose is to help reduce pain and bring some comfort!
5) They do not control your doctors - at all, but work with them!
6) They may reduce your medication not affecting pain management!
7) My experiences with them has been excellent!~!!!!!
8) They will likely reduce the physical help needs from your family!
Please double check first ..... medical opinions of the need for hospice.
Rob & Gizmo
Initial Dx of PCa in 2003/2004
Radiation (5x5wks) & Brachytherapy (96 seeds) in 2004
Low PSA 6-years then Casodex briefly
Lupron from 2011 to current
Zytiga 2012 (5-mths) - PSA increasing
Prednisone & Xgeva from 2012 to current
Taxotere - Aug 2012 (30-wks) - PSA from 54+ to 12+
Xtandi - June to Aug - 2013 - PSA increasing
Jevtana - Oct to March 2014 - PSA from 83+ to 15+
Lexapro from Oct 2013