Taking the right care of Great Grandpa
November 29, 2012 10:27 PM Subscribe
We are lucky enough to have a Grandpa who is 84 years old. He just had a consult with his urologist and has elevated PSA and prostate biopsy positive for cancerous cells ( that is the phrase that keeps being repeated) .
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So I have no clue what the Gleason scale is. I was not at this appt. so the actual details I have are slim. Follow up with an oncologist about radiation therapy (external beam) appt. was made.
I have affectionately diagnosed him with Old Cat Syndrome, as he is skinny as a rail and cannot gain weight (with a lot of GI distress) and loves to nap in warm environments . Joking aside, he has really started to show his age in he last year and has been having some odd memory lapses, emotional changes, and some (newly pain causing)vertebral fractures. I need advice-- what and where to read to be a good advocate and family member who wants to help in any way especially thinking about the big picture.Would it be helpful to find a reputable Geriatric oncologist in the Seattle area? I have always volunteered to be another set of ears at appts. My Grandparents are very typical in their ability to just let the Dr. write orders and not realizing they are an important part of the healthcare team.