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Old 06-01-2010, 03:55 AM   #1
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Unhappy Prognosis prostate cancer bleeding

HELP, Can someone please give me some advice?
My farther in law has had prostate cancer for 17 years. One of his kidneys has packed up and the other one is blocked at the bottom and only has a little flesh left at the top, they have put a stent in but it was only 40% success. He has started bleeding which the hospital tell him that it is the prostate. He has a catheter during the night and now day time as well. He was in hospital about 4 weeks ago having a blood transfusion as he had lost a lot of blood when he passes water. He still keeps loosing blood and sometime feels very tired and unwell. He is not in any pain. The hospital have asked the McMillan nurse to visit him which she has and said that she is there should he need her. He lives 113 miles from us and we have been going down every weekend for the last 5 weeks. The hospital said to my husband and I that his prognosis was very poor, I know no one can tell me exactly how long he has but does anyone know would it be a few years, a few months, or what. We are finding it very hard not knowing how long he may have. Has anyone know anyone who has experience the same thing that can give us an idea and weather we are right to be going down every weekend or would he still have a long time with us.

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We have just been told that a lymph node in his neck has cancer in, he had a sort burst of Radio therapy on it two years ago but doctors are saying it has come back. It is makeing it hard for him to swallow, will he be able to have more Radio Therapy on it and is this a bad sign.

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Old 06-05-2010, 08:51 AM   #2
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Re: Prognosis prostate cancer bleeding

Hi Margaret,

I am so sorry your father-in-law is not doing well. Being miles away makes things even more difficult, I know. Only his medical team can tell you how much time they expect him to have left, and even then it is only an educated guess. Patients can take a rapid turn at any point when they are in such a fragile state.

Although exhausting, I don't think families ever regret visiting their loved ones at times like this; whereas if they don't go, sometimes there are regrets. Even if he has months, I think seniors do better when family is around. A familiar face in a scary place tends to be more comforting than any medicine sometimes.
That said, however, you have to do what is best for you and your family and realize this isn't a perfect world and we don't all live nearby anymore like the Waltons used to.

Sending prayers your way for your family and your father-in-law. May his days be peaceful and pain-free.

 
Old 06-05-2011, 11:00 PM   #3
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Re: Prognosis prostate cancer bleeding

Dear Margaret,

My family and I too are dealing with advanced prostate cancer in my Dad. He is back in hospital since yesterday in emergency care for the second time in 2 weeks. He tried an experimental treatment and it destroyed his thyroid gland and now he has rectal bleeding and chemo dehydration. We are very very scared and I live several 1000 miles away. I am thinking positive that they will get an handle on this so I can see my Daddy in August and I may very well be on a plane early this week.

I wish I could give you and answer but I am not sure anyone but his physician can and would just say spend as much time together as you can and know others are out here thinking of you and sending you hugs and positive thoughts.

 
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