I wanted to make the point that just because a number of people post here that they have had Stage IV Metastatic Prostate Cancer for 7 years, or 11 years, or whatever, that does not mean a newly diagnosed person, coming to this site, should make any kind of assumption based on that. Why?
Because the ones that have died are not posting anymore, so that potentially leaves a number of outliers posting on the site which skews the perception of a visitor to the site.
What do we know statistically? It is reasonable to assume that 30-35% of people with Advanced Prostate Cancer with metastases to the lymph and bones, will live 5 years or more. I do not have the statistics for when it is in lymph bones AND an organ, such as lungs or liver, but the survival times would be considerably lower. Lastly, recent studies suggest that those with metastatic prostate cancer who go on hormone therapy and whose PSA at the 7 month is undetectable, live the longest, with an average of 75 months.
(I myself have Stage IV prostate cancer to the lymph's and bones, and im on ELIGARD and ZYTIGA, and like most of you, I do quite a bit of reading.) Im not trying to harm anyone's hopes and dreams, but remember, if 5 people post here that they have had stage IV for 8 -15 years, the 5 guys who died in the second year are no longer posting, so in statistics we call that "selection bias"
Hope this helps.