Things are moving very quickly in terms of chemo and prostate cancer. Until maybe 4 years ago, it was only given to men in the final stages of the disease when all other treatments had failed and the hope was that it would reduce some of the symptoms for a short time. Chemo cannot cure hormone based cancers in the same way as it can cure leukemia, etc. The big breakthrough was realising that chemo given earlier to a man with advanced PCa could make the hormone treatments work better and for longer, and we have seen some stunning results even just among members here. However, the new thinking was all about men with advanced cancer with mets ie who are incurable.
I have recently read a couple of papers by oncologists who think that introducing chemo early to men who have locally advanced cancer may improve the likelihood of RT/HT being curative but there is no specific trial running and no data at the minute. I can think of only two or three members on here that are on curative chemo / RT / HT which gives you an idea of how new it is as a concept.
I suppose the issue for you is who suggested it? Was it the onco or a well-meaning lay person? If it was the onco, I would ask them why they are suggesting what is still an unusual route, whether it is part of a trial or they have seen or read something that suggests it would be a good approach, and why they think it is right for your OH. Keep in mind that chemo is quite a dangerous treatment with its own risks but that some men tolerate docetaxel extremely well.
Edited by member 06 Aug 2018 at 23:40
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