Some will see this pretty soon, so it will be a good post for anyone considering this option. Obviously it's not for everyone but I understand your logic. The brand name for Docetaxel is Taxotere. It is intravenous chemotherapy for prostate cancer.
Here is the list of side effects From the Taxotere website...
I was offered this treatment after surgery as part of a sanofi-Aventis study on HT/Chemo versus no treatment placebo control arms. I did not want a placebo, and I did not want neuropathy in my hands. If I had it to do over again, I might have added Taxotere with HT/RT post surgery. But this would have meant a gambit of side effects. But I know Taxotere better these days and it isn't as bad as I thought it would be in low dose. In high dose, it's a monster however. Our friend here "FLHW (David E)" has been through a long stretch on Taxotere. He has advanced disease with mets, but he is an amazing man and keeps bouncing right back. His personal website is http://prostatecancerat42.blogspot.com
Another story to read that documents his ride with Taxotere is "War Eagle" Walter. Here is his site... www.caringbridge.org/visit/walterwhited. Walt is on his second go of chemotherapy as his PSA is now at 100 and climbing. I am sad to report this, as Walt is my dear friend and he is terminally ill with prostate cancer. I believe that David tolerated the treatment better than Walt did, but I believe that may be because Walt was given the highest dose possible.
I love both of these guys dearly, they have become my extended family and I keep them close. Both have shown me incredible courage and faith.
Goodlife, most who are on Taxotere do it because most other options failed. But new studies are being done to see if earlier treatment with it is better than towards the end game. Anyone on these trials are doing a great service for all of us. If you elect to move forward with this option, I would be very hopeful that you stay and report back to us how well it's working. But that stated, I had the radiation and hormone therapy after surgery, and I feel pretty darn good considering.
Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 11, 2009): <0.1
My Journal is at Tony's Blog
My InfoLink page is at Tony's Prostate Cancer InfoLink Page
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 7/14/2009 4:31:45 PM (GMT-6)