thank you octorobo, fariwind and annie. it's true, looking back does nothing, we just need to put all our energy into helping my dad and try to get the best treatments available.
annie, i don't think my dad's mutation of the cancer is very responsive to hormones. his PSA was 0.5 when he started them this time around and went to 0 very quickly. but PSA isn't a good measure for this type of cancer, though the onc is keeping him on HT because there was still a decline in PSA.
i am hoping he can start chemo ASAP and will still be a candidate, despite the extensive mets found (entire spine, though they are small aside from one and there is also lung and liver that we know of, another scan is being doen today)
i hope zytiga and xtandi are still options.i brought those up initially but the onc said that he would do platinum-based chemo but maybe he'll consider using those too in conjunction.
i wonder if another HT that isn't lupron would somehow work better for my dad? i'm not sure what people do when they become resistant to one hormone and how they decide which one to try after that.
thank you again for the support. i am still hopeful that we can buy him some time.
Jan 2010:Gleason 8 post-surgery / PSA 4 /PNI
PSA after RP:2
June 2013:Lupron stopped/PSA 0
Jan 2016 Chemical recurrence 0.04
Oct 2016 PSA just over 1
Feb 2017:PSA 0.45. mixed bone lesion T6 spine, surgery for spinal compression. Casodex/Lupron. rad to met & surrounding
High grade neuroendocrine carcinoma
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