It has been quite the journey since my Dad's diagnosis. We have been in and out of the hospital due to secondary infections caused by urinary tract infections from his catheter and nephrostomy tubes. We changed from external nephrostomy tubes to indwelling JJ stents on both kidneys. Dad is super adamant about removing catheter ASAP so he removed it to see if he could pee on his own but was unable to and caused a urinary tract infection, which in turn caused a secondary infection that landed him in the ER and then hospital for another extended stay in less than 30 days.
NOW ON TO THE GOOD NEWS:
This morning the oncologist stopped by and relayed that my Dad's last PSA reading was a 6!!!! It originally was 480 with Gleason score of 9. From 480 it went down to 200ish with just Bicalutamide/Lupron treatment and now after first chemo treatment is at a 6! I hope means he is responding to treatment very well.
As this is our first experience with any type of treatment, I want to know if this is truly an indicator that treatment is going well or if there are other things I should look for as well?
Thank you guys in advance! I'm writing this from the couch bed in my Dad's hospital room. He is a fighter!!