I'll respond both of you guys here...
I have a few friends that did multiple phases of Taxotere and responded well to it. The general statement that it adds a few months is true for the population but some guys it works for much longer. Some guys it does not work at all. One such friend of mine (His login name here at HealinWell is War-eagle) did not do well with heavey dose chemo in his first round with it. But his PSA lowered and he enjoyed a brief drop in PSA. Unfortunately, his second round is really beating him up. He no longer posts here but he is a dear man that my wife and I took the time to fly across country to meet in person. I stay in touch with him, and can report to the group that know him, that his attitude, humor, and always kind demeanor has not changed a bit, We are not sure this round will work, but we hold out hope for him...
You are correct. Taxotere is not just an end game maneuver. I was offerred it by my oncologist. My disease had heavy evidence that cells escaped the prostate. Thus I am on HT adjuvantly. I also with a simple yes could have been through 6 sessions with Taxotere in hopes that it could be far more effective up front than later. It was an option I was afraid of. I play guitars and it is an important part of my quality of life. I read where neuropathy in the extremities was possible and I declined it. Should my PSA rise before I stop HT, i will do it, however.
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