Hello I'm new to this community and hoping some one can help me understand this disease.
My father-in-law (84yrs old) has had prostate cancer for 20yrs. He has been monitored every year ever since. In 2012 his PSA levels rocketed to over 300+. He has already had radiotherapy and seemed to be cancer free for a while. Now his PSA level is over 600. His prostate cancer has attached its self to his spine (can often happen apparently). Although he has it on the bone it's not the same as bone cancer. So we are told. He has had hormone treatment for it and it reduced the cancer and his PSA went down and he felt ok. Dr's stopped hormone treatment. Since then his PSA has soared to over 600 and he's been told it has turned aggressive and is terminal as he has shadows on his lungs and jaundice. Dr's are Saying he has prostate cancer on the bone, lungs and liver. We are confused as to whether this is secondary cancer or not.
He has been offered hospice care (but we all wanted him home and he is home with his loved ones-not sure for how long before he gets too poorly !) we assume he only has weeks rather than months due to it being in his liver/hospice offer/Macmillian nurses calling at the house a couple of times a day/GP coming to visit every day. He was told nothing else can be done.
He is scared (so are we all) as he doesn't know what will happen etc. I know no one does but has anyone any insight on time span and what we can expect?
Sorry to sound so feeble but forewarned is forearmed.
What is the Gleeson score?
Thanks in advance. X