Friday, July 18, 2014

Median Life Expectancy

More to come in a later post about my Come to Jesus meeting with my oncologist yesterday.  But he did provide some eye opening stats on Median Life Expectancy for men with Stage IV, metastasized (to a major organ i.e. lungs), aggressive, Gleason 8 prostate cancer.  They are as follows:

No Treatment – 12-18 months

Therapy only – 32 months

HT and chemo – 49 months

This is why I’ve agreed to chemotherapy starting July 28, 2014.


  1. Scott, My husband's medonc suggested that Frank could have the chemo weekly at 1/3 dose rather that every 3 weeks at full dose. Supposedly lessens the side-effects, toxicities while being as effective as 3 week /6 cycles schedule. Just a thought to ask your doc? Frank starts chemo first week of October after farming is put to bed. My fingers are crossed that he remains hormone-sensitive until then. Thanks for the post about what friends can do, think I will print it out and distribute when asked, if that's alright? Always rooting for you and Derrell from Idaho. Take care. Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa:
      Good to hear from you and thanks as always for your sweet, warm wishes. I'll ask about dosing....that's interesting. Yes, you are absolutely welcome to share that or this blog. While I started the blog as a form of therapy, with over 4,000, many of whom are regular, this blog isn't just for me anymore.
      Best wishes and positive thoughts to you and Frank

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    Richard Davis

    5:47 PM (59 minutes ago)

    to John, bcc: me
    The Reluctant Brotherhood

    invites you to join our remote telephone support group this coming Monday from 5pm - 6.30pm PST ( Starting Time: 6pm Mountain, 7pm Central, 8pm Eastern).

    This group focuses on treatment as well as social and psychological issues facing men living with locally advanced and advanced prostate cancer. We address all stages of treatment from diagnosis to late stage treatment.

    While the locally advanced/ advanced group formed recently, many of us have been part of the Reluctant Brotherhood call for some years. We welcome new members with good humor, a little jibing, and depending who is on the call, a healthy dose of irreverence.

    To join us:

    A) Via telephone conference line : Number to dial: 605-475-6150
    The access code: 199-8686

    B) Via Skype: You will find us at Skypename: 'thereluctantbrotherhood' - let John Teisberg know at that Skype address that you'll be joining us by Skype

    C) If you need us to call you, please e-mail John Teisberg at

    Please feel free to forward this e-mail to any 'reluctant brother' you know who may want to join us. For more information, go to

    Onward & upward, Rick Davis