I am very glad your husbands scans were clean- that is cause for celebration.
I read your posts and find so much reason for optimism going forward, even when I know too well the fears that hover every day in this new world. If I am reading the situation correctly, cure is possible. I am very happy for you both.
My personal opinion- I like the MO's approach- throw everything at it, including the chemo, although there is NO scientific evidence that indicates it increases survival time in non-metastatic cases. I assume his approach is based on the presence of the type 5 cells. Since the taxotere chemo is well tolerated by many, I understand the rationale of knocking the cancer cell # so low (if it is not eliminated) that you have more time before recurrence- and with the new therapies being tested, more time means more access to newer better treatments.
regarding HT- I cannot say anything about
a "best" amount of time. Presumably I am on it for life- but I can say that almost one year into it, HT and its side effects are a minor part of my daily coping- if I knew I would be off HT in one more year, right now I would think that to be a piece of cake (or Pie). Important- MOST important- get and stay physically active- if you let the HT drive you to inactivity (joints can be achey alot it seems) it will bury you. If sexual activity is important, set a regular schedule and use meds if needed, so you have some function left after 1-1.5-2 years of HT- it can be done (I hope).
Your husband is lucky to have you as his partner in this journey. I am rooting for you guys.
Yes, but not today.....
Dx @ 62yo
2012-15: PSA 6-14, 2x neg Bx
3/16 PSA 19.4
Bx G10/8 bulky mets P+RP LN
5/9 ADT PSA 29.5
NIH trial: PROSTVAC + ADT + chemo (4 rnds)
PSA nadir .05 10/4
10/25: PSA .06 Scans- no bone mets, nodes shrunk
1/10: PSA 0.38www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=3634829