Round 8 (and my last) unfortunately. PSA now 64, so higher than when I started with the Cabazitaxel.
So currently my PSA doubling rate is every 6 weeks. That despite a great early response. I met with the clinical trials department who indicated I might be eligible for a brand new drug which works at a micro cellular level. To qualify they needed to obtain the tissue sample taken from my biopsy in 2011 and send it to Germany to see if I have a specific faulty gene. Apparently 25% of men with prostate cancer have this faulty gene, so I have a 1 in 4 chance of getting in the program. I should know at the end of next week after the results come back.
If I do not qualify, then they will look at trials up and down the country which I might be able to take part. Either way I will start a new thread. So now for the first time since diagnosis, apart from my 12 weekly Prostap injection I do not have any ongoing treatment and as said earlier, with a doubling PSA rate of every 6 weeks. Very scary.
My impressions of the Docetaxel/Cabazitazel differences are that Cabazitaxel is much easier to cope with, no hair loss, no horrible metallic taste in mouth. Both totally exhaust you.
As with all chemo you need to be vigilant against the risk of infection, that means avoiding people with coughs and colds etc. especially when your immune system is compromised.
A little tip you might want to consider is getting an infection from insect bites. As someone who walks between 5-10 miles every day, sometimes more but never less, and being a midge magnet,(unfortunately) I bought some outdoor walking clothing with built in insect repellent with the added bonus of offering spf 50 sunscreen. Hat, shirt and trousers
I have walked down country lanes through clouds of them and unbelievably been untouched by them. First year ever I have not been bitten!
So, that's the end of this thread. I will pop up again when I know what path I will be travelling along when I find out