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    wem asked a questionProstate Cancer

    Stage 4 prostate. Lymph involvement. Doing normal hormane protocal since (casodex, Lupron). Pretty much assymptomatic. I qualify for trial of taxotere
    now. Shoulf I do it now or wait.? Any thoughts

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      leepenn

      If it were me, I would think seriously about doing it now for a few reasons. One - you're asymptomatic now... but what about in the near future? Two - you're strong now... but if you wait, you might be weaker and then have a tougher time with the chemo. Three - if you have a shot at kicking the cancer's but, then I say, take it!

      On the other hand, chemo is not easy and has side effects...

      This trial - is it a clinical trial?

      I feel like you should have a comprehensive understanding of the pros and cons of choosing to or not to do this treatment plan....

      A final reason I would think about a clinical trial is the possibility of making it better for other people in the future... and the possibility that you'd be getting the magic bullet that does kick this cancer's butt.

      Good luck.

      Lee

      over 4 years ago
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      wem

      Ya- its a clinical trial. Normal protocal is to keep going with the hormone thing as long as possible- then hit with taxotere as needed someday. Most things I read say prognosis only good for 1-2 years. I know there are guys out there for 7-8-9 years. Trial is to hit it early while I'm still strong, see if it helps duration. Not much for stats on this- thus the trial. my doc seems to believe it will help. All the alternative therapy books say no way- and start with suppliments and forget about any hormone therapy and chemo. either way- I'm adding a lot of suppliments to my diet, and have eliminating many other foods.

      over 4 years ago
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      MichaelV

      Look into Zytiga and Provenge before you go the chemo route. I am doing everything but chemo. Have no personal info on Taxotere. Check out what I have been through over the last nine+ years. Good luck with whatever you choose. A good site for more info is:

      http://prostatecancerinfolink.net/site-map/awareness/

      over 4 years ago
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    wem asked a questionProstate Cancer

    Met with doc last week- to get blood work etc. psa dropped from 98 t0 15 in las t month. Diagnosed 2 months ago. Stage 4 prostate. Lymph involvement. Doing normal hormane protocal since (casodex, Lupron). Pretty much assymptomatic. I qualify for trial of

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      GregP_WN

      the rest of your question didnt post

      over 4 years ago
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    wem asked a questionProstate Cancer

    Met with doc yesderday- to get blood work etc. No results yet. Diagnosed 2 months ago. Stage 4 prostate. Lymph involvement. Doing normal hormane protocal since (casodex, Lupron).PSA dropped a lot after first month. Pretty much assymptomatic. I qualify

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      wem

      Thanks Michael. I have been on the Lupron for a month. Little or no effects so far. Doc is suggesting I hit this upfront with chemo, while i'm strong, which is not normal protocal, then continue normal hormone theraby.
      i think if you double click my post, or the question, you will see the rest of it. Still need more info concerning above questions if anyone out there.

      over 4 years ago
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      Ross

      wem:
      While are cases are different in several respects, you might like to read my story and how I have progressed over the past 2+ years of treatment.

      I wonder if you have considered surgery as an option? It may be possible for you to achieve success with the Lupron treatment. I found that my oncologist also prescibed casadex along with Lupron and also megageserol for hot flashes.

      Look for all info on treatments to help as you go forward. Wishing you tne best.

      A survivor, Ross

      over 4 years ago
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      JannD

      Regarding Casodex: I wanted to pass on my huband's experience to see if anyone has had the same. When he began treatment he had Casodex for a brief time only, before starting on Lupron. The oncologist said it is to avoid a "flair" meaning a sharp rise in hormnal levels before they start to drop with the Lupron. Then it is not needed since the hormones are low.
      So, then we had to swithc our cre whne we lost insurance.
      New oncologist at VA, whom we like very much, added Casodex all the time.
      All was well for three months. Then , the PSA rose sharply. The very FIRST thing he said was stop the Casodex because it can cause tumor growth! What? Aren't we trying to prevent that?
      So, now he is on chemo, although hormonal treatments will always continue every three months. But no more Casodex.
      I wanted to pass this on. Makes me a little nervous about this drug.
      This oncologist, by the way, is involved in research studies at another hospital on his own time and seems well informed. Just wonder why he chose to use Casodex . I have read many articles that this in not uncommon. I guess it is tough to avoid some side effects, but this seems like a pretty big one. In my husband's case, the CT scan showed that all the Lymph nodes were enlarged again and there were new tumors. We are praying the next CT at the end of March will be better. That will be after the third chemo treatment. I hope he can have a rest for a bit and just do Lupron until the numbers rise again.

      over 4 years ago
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    I have very similar circumstances as you. I am 57, and diagnosed 1st week of Jan. 2012. Undergoing hormone treatment, considering early chemo. Some say if you are young and healthy to hit it hard up front. Any thoughts on that? whatever course you take, hit it with vigor.
    I'd be interested to connect