As rf said, "comorbidity" just means any chronic disease other
than prostate cancer that you have at the same time. It does not refer to mental disease in this case. I can't even imagine a mental disease that might preclude docetaxel or why you would think that is what I meant. So, for example, chronic liver disease or AIDS might make someone a bad candidate for docetaxel.
You wrote, "The ones I knew have all taken some form of chemo that did not help and it took away their "quality of life" My quality of life for the past four years has been pretty good and people still ask "You dont have cancer do you, you look so good."
My mother would be in that category of people I know intimately who did poorly with chemo, so I do understand your fear. We all carry a lot of baggage based on what we think we know from other experiences. Try to remember that all chemos are not alike. Also, docetaxel, when used earlier while one is healthier, has a much better side effect profile than when it is used towards the end. Patients who take it report better quality of life than those who don't. Also, it is more effective when used earlier. Feeling good right now is not a good way to evaluate which medicines to take for any cancer. Prostate cancer is asymptomatic in early stages - we always feel good.
Forgive me if I don't remember if I've said all this to you before. I post on here a lot, and don't always remember previous conversations.
Allen - not an MD
•PSA=7.3, prostate volume=55cc, 8/17 cores G6 5-35% involvement
•SBRT 9 yr onc. results
•SBRT 7 yr QOL results
•treated 10/2010 at age 57 at UCLA,PSA now: 0.1,no lasting urinary, rectal or sexual SEsmy PC blog