Thanks to all the replies to my first post on this topic. My first infusion is scheduled for next week. However, I have a few questions I would appreciate advice on first. Please keep in mind as you read this, that a difficulty for me is that I have always been a VERY active man...both physically and mentally. I am struggling with having limited energy.
During my meeting with the oncologist last Tuesday (lovely caring young Dr), he viewed the scan results. I already knew the bone scan and blood tests results as the radiation oncologist had discussed them with me on the previous Friday. AND they were brilliant! Blood tests good (the Dr kept referring to me as a fit young man) and my 5-6 bone metastises were down to 1...which hadnt progressed in 3 years due to the ADT. BUT as we know (thanks Sisara for your explanation) the problem is that cancer is heterogenous. The tumor that had grown from my prostate and invaded my bowel...without giving off any blood markers, is the worrying one. 39 sessions of radiotherapy and 6 weeks later it was the CT scan I was concerned about.
Two (small) spots in my lungs and a spot in my liver. I was crestfallen. When he tried to access the scans from 3 months ago (before radiotherapy) he couldnt. I think the lead oncologist may have failed to tell me about these recent spots and was playing a game of dont overload him with gloom! Anyway the end result is the docetaxel regime.
What I want to know is this (I realise it varies from guy to guy). If I dont take on the chemo how quickly will the cancer progress. I am struggling to come to terms with being regularly injected with docetaxel...I know some people have limited side effects but some that are described in the literature he game me are pretty undesirable. So one of my options is clearly....forget all treatments and let it run its course and ENJOY what life I have left.
I look forward to your input.