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Subject:  What is to be gained........? Date:  4/26/2007  1:21 PM
Author:  missash Number:  30747 of 97351

Just musing; thinking about just what is to be gained by the use of Provenge in hormone resistant prostate knowledge is limited, so correct me if I'm wrong, but from my perspective what is gained is a few months of additional life. What is that life like? Its "quality"? If the metastases are causing pain, is the pain relieved? Is the anorexia and weakness so common in end stage patients affected positively? I've seen nothing describing the quality of that additional life. Is it worth the cost and effort on the patient's part to make treatment worthwhile. There is another choice in addition to chemotherapy and/or Provenge, and that's supportive care(think Hospice). In other words, I think what I am asking is "are the extra few months bought at the expense of additional misery." If so, I guess I just don't "get it".
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