I am with my father and the last few months have been terrible. He already had a rising PSA which went from 4 to 25 (recent PSA being 100) within one year of his hormone therapy. Till now I fail to understand why the oncologist is only increasing dose of casodex, which he made into three times a day.
The last months all started when he started having urinary retention. The urologist recommended catheterization, after which blood started coming in catheter and then there was the unending process of admission into hospital every week or so with blood. The cycles of irrigation and so on.
At last the urologist decided to do cystoscopy ( to see the bladder) and do the TURP (procedure to clear the urethra) , but after surgery we were informed that TURP was not done and only diathermy was done to stop bleeding. The bleeding didn't stop and we were referred for palliative radiation to take care of the bleeding.
My father also went through day in and day out of horrible bladder cramps for which there was nothing that could ease the pain and the doctors didn't want to use morphine.
After radiation to stop the bleeding , the blood has stopped but these recent months have made him weak and wasted. He doesn't eat anymore and is fatigued. Sleeps all day and if you try to feed anything, he vomits or is nauseated. We are force feeding him ensure (liquid diet), that also he is barely taking any. We just manage to get him his daily meds.
I don't know what to do, as now starting to feel helpless . He is wasting away. The oncologist hasn't changed to any new forms of hormone therapy or chemotherapy. I also fail to understand why is there nausea which doesn't go away with any medications. He also started having oral thrush.
Anyone who has anyone who went through this. What do we do? How do we get him to eat or to drink?