Great question Tony. We will discuss this in person this week. WaaaaHoooo.
I do feel qualified to offer an opinion on this one. I have had 5 cycles of chemo now. As it shows in my bio, I've had surgery, radiation, HT, and now chemo. If, and I mean if, I had known what I know now, I would have jumped on the chemo from the start. I feel my chances of the PCa morphing over to HR would have been less. Johnnie and I have watched many conferences on the web where many oncologists are now thinking that PCa should be treated the same as breast cancer. That is, surgery followed by chemo. I don't know the survival rates of this treatment schedule, but it must be better than what I am on now.
I have always thought that it is better to attack than to play defense. I have been playing defense for three years. Where would I be now if we had had the option to attack? I know that we can not look back and second quess ourselves. One day this will be an option and I feel it will be a good one until we come up with a cure.
As the great Auburn (War Eagle) coach Pat Dye once said, "Hidesight in 50/50".
Love, peace, and War Eagle to all,
Age: 55 ( still alive at 55)
PSA 43 7/2005
Biopsy 12/14 Gleason 7 & 9
Divinci 9/2005 - spread to bladder
HT - 10/2005 (Eligard every 6 months)
RT - 10/2005 (38 treatments)
PSA 0.12 to 1.9 2/2007
Bone Scan and CT 4/2007 Bone mets
Zometa infusions 4/2007
PSA 4.8 8/2007
PSA 6.34 12/2007
Radiation (15 treatments) started on bone mets 12/2007
PSA 6.72 1/2008
PSA 8.23 2/2008 - Starting prednisone for 30 days
PSA 14 2-29-2008 - start chemo on 3/12
PSA 12.82 3/1/2008 round one chemo
PSA 12.24 4/2/2008 round two chemo
PSA 10.86 4/24/2008 round three chemo
PSA 10.4 5/15/2008 round four chemo - increase dosage next month
PSA 12.98 6/5/2008 round five chemo
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"