Hi again all, My husband had his third visit at the cancer hospital yesterday. He has been taking Casodex for a few weeks now and the doctors say he will take it for 2 more weeks.
Yesterday we viewed the results of the MRI on his back and we saw he has a fracture and can see the cancer in his spine. I should state I had posted here before about his having prostate cancer that has spread to his bones.
He had a shot yesterday of Lupron(sp)? a hormone, and he also was given an infusion of Zometa. In about 4 weeks he will be getting radiation on his spine, they say it will help with any pain and to stop it from spreading any further, I think that is what they said.
Anyway, my husband and I need help in making a decision. He has been asked if he wants to join in a clinical trial.
It is ChemoHormonal Therapy versus Androgen Ablation Randomized trail for Extensive Diease Prostate Cancer. What this is, the purpose of the study is to determine whether giving docetaxel chemotherapy, at the time you are starting hormonal therapy and when the hormonal therapy is no longer working, is more effective than giving it only at the time hormonal therapy is no longer working.
So, what do you think? Any thoughts about this treatment. Will having the chemo so early in his treatment cause his quality of life to lessen? Right now he has some discomfort in his back but he looks well and is feeling good. The trial will have almost 600 people take part in the study, half of which will take the chemo. Thank you for any advice. summerblue