I was offerred to participate in a study for early use of docetaxel as a stage 3b guy. We have a member here that also went ahead and did the therapy. However irrelevant as it is, there is evidence that earlier use can be beneficial. Unfortunately, Willie's cancer is late stage and progressive. The median life extension benefits are at 19 months in such cases. By that I mean the Level 1 study that led to the release of Taxotere showed a benefit of 19 months versus those who chose no chemotherapy on average. Some did not benefit and many did, some for much longer periods. In fact I know a few guys that have done very well with their chemo and they have survived well past 19 months.
As I always say, stay positive. Our prayers and thoughts to you and Willie!
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas
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