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Dad was diagnosed in February 2017 with stage IV prostate cancer, which had metastasized to his bones in numerous places. Within the past two weeks, tests revealed that the cancer is also in the bladder.
Dad is being treated by a group of physicians: a local urologist and oncologist and a medical oncologist from Johns Hopkins, who specializes in the treatment of advanced stage prostate cancer. Son-in-law, Dr. Jose, is also an integral part of this team.
At present the treatment agreed upon by his medical team is hormone therapy, which he has been receiving for two months. Blood levels indicate that the therapy is effectively changing hormone levels, and we hope that symptoms from the tumors will begin to subside soon.
Dad recently was hospitalized after a scheduled surgical procedure to insert a stent in his ureter had to be aborted because the tumor in the bladder has changed anatomy to the extent that the placement was not possible. Afterwards, Dad experienced painful spasms and significant blood in his urine.
Gratefully, he is now home and feeling much better. He will return to Hopkins for a reevaluation given the recent news of the cancer’s presence in the bladder.
Mom and Dad appreciate all the prayers and support from family and friends and hope you will check his CaringBridge for updates on his condition. They rest in confidence in the infinite love and mercy of their Lord, and know that all is well because of Him.