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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): My dad started his first round of Cabazitaxel. He has to have this once every 3 weeks. We're hoping this will help slow the growth of the cancer.

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    Procedure or Surgery (verteboplasty): My dad underwent this due to the cancer crushing 3 of his vertebrae. It has helped his pain considerably and is taking less pain medication.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): A bone scan revealed the cancer spreading to other lymph nodes and in to the bone. The doctor doing the clinical study referred my dad to an oncologist. The oncologist recommended chemotherapy (taxotere & prednisone), which was done every three weeks.

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    Side Effects (Diarrhea): A lot of diarrhea and vomiting from the clinical study drug. My dad became dehydrated and the drug and/or all the vomiting caused his heart to go out of whack again (don't know the medical terminology where his misses a beat and they need to "jump" start it).

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    Clinical Trial: My dad was enrolled in a study of the "ippy" drug. I don't know how to spell it but that's what the doctors called it anyway. The drug was approved by the FDA to treat melanoma. Dr. Eugene Kwon at Mayo was doing the research on this drug to treat advanced prostate cancer. After a couple of weeks, my dad became very ill and had to stop the study drug. At least we know he got the intended drug and not the placebo.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Radical retropubic prostatectomy): After elevated PSA levels, my dad had his prostate removed. A couple of months later, his PSA levels continued to be elevated. They found cancerous lymph nodes in his pelvic region so did surgery again and cleaned up as many lymph nodes as they could.