• Prostate cancer and chemo (Docetaxel) - quality of life and ability to work through it

    Asked by mgm48 on Thursday, April 19, 2012

    Prostate cancer and chemo (Docetaxel) - quality of life and ability to work through it

    I'm at another decision point, chemo and pazopanib or? Doc's at U of C are skeptical that I'll get much if any benefit from Ketoconazole as my PSA is doubling about every 3 mos. Biggest question in my mind is what I can expect as to quality of life and whether I'll be able to work. I will be economically devastated if I am unable to work.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I cant say anything about that type of chemo, I had something different for hodgkins twice, but when I had mine, I was out for two days, then went to work. I had an office job at the time, and traveled every other weekend to different states for my company. I missed two days every other week, company was good enough to let me have off with no problems, and I worked when I could. That was 24 years ago, so chemo then was tougher on you than it is now. I hear of lots of people continuing on like nothing is going on. Best of luck to you.

      over 4 years ago
    • JannD's Avatar

      My husband has been taking Docetaxil for five treatments now. He receives it every three weeks. After each three they do a CT scan.
      The scan was good. 90% of the tumors were decreased, just one area still not responding, but he had only had three. So now we do three more. Anyway, he typically feels poorly about the 5th day after and is really tired for about three days. This is the nadir period, or when your blood counts are low. So, when your hemoglobin is low, you are tired because you have less oxygen carrying capacity. You also have to watch the white count. If it is too low you are more susceptible to infection. I am sure they told you all this. But we have been pleased because overall, he is really only feeling badly a few days per month that makes him want to , say, nap in the day, or not go out too much. He is 63. I imagine if his job had not fired him when he got sick (nice of them, right), he might have still been trying to work part time, at least. If you have folks that are willing to work with you and let you be off for a few days once in a while, and understand, then you would be okay depending on the level of labor intensity. Hope this helps. We are at least pleased with the result so far. The psa dropped and is staying down. Previously he was only on hormonal. It only lasted three months without problems. The the doc said he must have a more agressive form.
      Good luck. I will watch to see what you decide
      PS he is out in the yard now putting out mulch, many wheelbarrows to push, etc. I have a hard time keeping up with hime sometimes. :-)
      They give prednisoe along with ti and that gives him energy and a good appetite!

      over 4 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar

      THANKS JannD I too did not last or achieve "complete" success on hormone therapy (only 3 months too). I'm 64 now, lesions all over the place and PSA is doubling every 8 weeks or so. SO I'll start the trial with Docetaxel and Pazopanib (assuming all goes well with Monday's tests) on May 3. If this makes any sense to anyone else or not I am feeling very excited and a bit scared all at the same time. I'm going to have to rely on my staff and maybe hire someone part time which will reduce my income but I don't have to fire myself, one of the benefits of owning your own business.
      My best to you and your husband AND thanks for taking the time to give me the real world answer.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ross' Avatar

      Prostate cancer has so many variations and effects on us guys, its hard for us to get our minds around what is the best treatment and will it have the desired effect. Keep searching out info to help your knowledge base and you may find help from some who have had similiar treaments.
      Good luck in treatments.
      A survivor, Ross

      over 4 years ago
    • collinsb01's Avatar

      I have lung cancer, but was on Dox (I call it taxotere). I found that it was the hardest on me so far. I had about five really bad days, but overall I felt badly all the way up to the day before my next treatment. I have been off work since D-Day, because I wasn't expected to live this long (Praise God it's been 18 months!!!!!!). I have found the the MDs seen to know the best route, so I have been following along. I must say that I have actually turned everything over to God and He has directed the MDs and me correctly so far. My prayers go out to you and yours through all of this.

      over 4 years ago

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