stage IV life expectancy

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stage IV life expectancy

by mjc09 on Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:00 AM

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My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer 4 years ago.  He had seed implants and radiation at that time.  He again had radiation in 2007  He was hospitalized this week with cardiac problems he has had for 12 years.  During his time in the hospital his PSAs jumped to over 400.  The oncologist said his options were nothing or chemotherapy.  He did not mention how long my husband has left and I would like some information on the average life expectancy for stage IV cancer.  It is in his bones in several locations.  My husband just turned 65.  I would appreciate any information.

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by Oldenbear on Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:00 AM

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Take a look at the responses to the recent post "metastasized to the bone...". I'm a 2 year survivor with bone mets and I don't plan to go anywhere anytime soon.

I'm in a clinical trial at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and my bone pain has disappeared. The cancer is probably still lurking around, but even if this treatment fails, I think that there are many more options and more every year. 

When I was first diagnosed in July, 2007, I looked at all the statistics for survival and got very depressed. The statistics on the web have nothing to do with current cancer survivors, so I tend to ignore them. I don't think anyone can say with any certainty how long we have. I think it's a pointless question.

I would talk to one of the major cancer centers to see what they have to offer. MD Anderson, Sloan Kettering, Dana Farber. Here's a link to some more:

http://www.usnews.com/directories/hospitals/index_html/specialty+IHQCANC/

Everyone is different. I see that you have 2 choices: 1) give up and your husbands life expectancy will be very short, or 2) go to one of the best treatment centers available and expect to live quite a bit longer, possible dying with the cancer, rather than because of it.

May God guide you on your journey.

Tom

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by Bella117 on Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 3/28/2009 mjc09 wrote:

My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer 4 years ago.  He had seed implants and radiation at that time.  He again had radiation in 2007  He was hospitalized this week with cardiac problems he has had for 12 years.  During his time in the hospital his PSAs jumped to over 400.  The oncologist said his options were nothing or chemotherapy.  He did not mention how long my husband has left and I would like some information on the average life expectancy for stage IV cancer.  It is in his bones in several locations.  My husband just turned 65.  I would appreciate any information.

 

Stage IV of any cancer is an advanced cancer yes, but never for one moment rely on statistics, that is just what they are, statistics. Everyone is different and responds differently to treatments. The will to live is a strong one and many people put up the fight of their lives. God does not give us more than we can handle, and sometimes we think he's kidding...Look for and be as positive as you are able.....God Bless you and your husband.

Colleen, Brother has Stage IV Colon Cancer & Father has GBM Grade IV

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by mjc09 on Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 3/28/2009 Bella117 wrote:

 

On 3/28/2009 mjc09 wrote:

My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer 4 years ago.  He had seed implants and radiation at that time.  He again had radiation in 2007  He was hospitalized this week with cardiac problems he has had for 12 years.  During his time in the hospital his PSAs jumped to over 400.  The oncologist said his options were nothing or chemotherapy.  He did not mention how long my husband has left and I would like some information on the average life expectancy for stage IV cancer.  It is in his bones in several locations.  My husband just turned 65.  I would appreciate any information.

 

Stage IV of any cancer is an advanced cancer yes, but never for one moment rely on statistics, that is just what they are, statistics. Everyone is different and responds differently to treatments. The will to live is a strong one and many people put up the fight of their lives. God does not give us more than we can handle, and sometimes we think he's kidding...Look for and be as positive as you are able.....God Bless you and your husband.

Colleen, Brother has Stage IV Colon Cancer & Father has GBM Grade IV

Thanks for your words.  I didn't ask my husband's oncologist mainly because my husband does have a very strong will to live.  He was disabled at age 53 with cardiac problems they did not expect him to live and now 12 years later and with 18 stents, bipasses and other procedures, he is obviously still here.  The drs call him a disaster area...while I prefer to call him a miracle.  Dealing with this new diagnosis of stage IV this week and his first round of chemo has been difficult as a caregiver.  I am very proud of him and his attitude.  My "support" circle however seems to have disappeared with this latest news and some feel he should have chosen to do nothing     And I believe God to be with us through all this.  Marilyn

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by Bella117 on Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:00 AM

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Marilyn, I am so sorry your support circle has disappeared. Not to place blame on them, but some people just can't cope and the best they can do is turn a blind eye. For you, please take care of yourself and never give up hope, because indeed he has a will or he would not be here today. Please keep us posted and please turn to this website for your support, we are all here to offer and ask advice.

Take care, Colleen

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by psm10 on Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 3/28/2009 mjc09 wrote:

My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer 4 years ago.  He had seed implants and radiation at that time.  He again had radiation in 2007  He was hospitalized this week with cardiac problems he has had for 12 years.  During his time in the hospital his PSAs jumped to over 400.  The oncologist said his options were nothing or chemotherapy.  He did not mention how long my husband has left and I would like some information on the average life expectancy for stage IV cancer.  It is in his bones in several locations.  My husband just turned 65.  I would appreciate any information.

My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001 in which he had seed implants and was fine until about 4 years ago in which his psa started to rise but his bone scan was clear until last June 2008 it had metastized to his skeletal (head, ribs, pelvic, maxilla).  His current psa is about 600.  He is currently on hormone injections (zoladex) and was on casodex but they have discontinued him on that medication.  For his pain he is on 25 mcg. of fentanyl patch every three days with oral pain medications for break-through pain.  Although each individual is different, my father's oncologist has given him approx. 16 months to 2 years, but also states that he could still go on for a few more years.  I would certainly make it a point to ask your oncologist on life expectancy.  My father has also been battling bladder cancer as well and that seems to be controlled at this time.  He also had part of his lung removed back in 1999 due to lung cancer.  He currently has no cancer in his organs as they continue to check for this.

 

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband.  I know exactly what you are going through.

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