Today was Cliff's appointment with the Urologist. Neither the bone scan nor the CT scan showed any cancer. However, since it is the fast-growing type of cancer, something must be done. The two options given for Cliff this morning were surgical removal of the prostate, or several weeks of radiation five days a week. Cliff's first choice was surgery: It sounded simple enough, just an overnight stay in the hospital. The doctor was fine with that, but he started inquiring into Cliff's cardiac history. Then on the information at hand, he saw the operation four years ago mentioned, the gall bladder fiasco: 8 days in the hospital and 3 or 4 miserable weeks at home with drainage tubes coming out of his chest and belly. He said there very well could be problems with scar tissue, since that involved doctors poking around the inside of Cliff's body cavity.
He said with either treatment, surgery or radiation, Cliff's chances would be about 80%.
Next move is an appointment is with an oncology radiologist. Then probably back to the urologist. Now get this: He will be given female hormones to shrink the prostate before the radiation treatments. He will have hot flashes. This has given Cliff a whole new topic for corny jokes, and I'm already tired of them. "I guess we should buy some chick flicks for me to watch." "Well, at least Obama fixed it so I can use either bathroom." "I guess I should go in Walmart with you and check out the new fall blouses."
Cliff said to the nurse who came in ahead of the doctor, "They told me it was fast-growing, then made my appointment 3 weeks ahead!"
He chuckled and said, "It doesn't grow THAT fast."
On another note, I'm getting ready to get dentures, if I can find a dentist who won't try to sell me implants that cost $10,000 per tooth. This means before long I'll be running around toothless for a couple of months. I may not do much running around; I might plant myself at home. Wish me luck on this adventure. I might enjoy being toothless so much I won't want any teeth. That's how it was with my father-in-law.
If anybody has recommendations, I'm listening.