Father in law aged 84 advanced pc - metastasised to some vertebrae. Ruled out for chemo. On Bicalutamide to get PSA below 10 then plan is to give him radiation for the pc. He had low dose 5 days radiation to shrink spine tumours - which worked miraculously. That was two weeks ago.
Two questions though if anyone has experience/knowledge of this.
1. PSA still going up. Was 40 then 200. Bicalutamide now for 4 weeks but next blood check not for another 3 weeks. Should PSA be checked more regularly? In case he needs something stronger to bring it down?
2. Main question: he burps with EVERY breath. And all night. (He is staying with me and my wife - her mother has her own health issues). I gave him Rennie then on advice from chemist Deflatine. They seem to help a little but the burps soon return. What causes this burping? He is eating very little & internet searches suggest stomach acids cause it. Is there anything we can ask doctor for to help him.
He doesn't speak up for himself or complain or tell us if he's in pain. He is also becoming confused and looks at us blankly when we ask him if he has any new symptoms. They told us to take him back to hospital if he gets numbness/pi s and needles/chest pains (spinal chord compression would need relieving again). I think his radiation two weeks ago might be interfering with his brain signals causing variable consciousness. Or it might be his morphine.
Anyway if anyone can help with his burping we'd be most grateful.
Thanks, Steerpike & Irma Prunesquallor