My husband has been battling prostate cancer for 12 years. First the surgery, 5 years later radiation treatment, a few years later hormone therapy, recently Lupron which didn't work, and he has been diagnosed with Stage D2 prostate cancer - it has spread to his bone. Yesterday, an x-ray confirmed cancer in both of his legs and ankles. He has complained of pain in his shoulders and around the elbows, and I'm wondering if it is there, as well. His doctor wasn't aware of this pain when he ordered the x-ray for his legs. Since this most recent reoccurance and the discovery that it has spread to his bone, his pain seems to be rapidly spreading, although the tumor itself is small and at the top of his back left hip. I'm wondering if it is much worse than we imagine and if his life expectancy is shorter than we expect, as well. Once the cancer starts traveling throughout the body, does that mean it is out of control and there is not much we can do? Or could he realistically have 2 to 5 years or more of life?
Well, the average survival time for metastasized cancer is 1-3 years, while some patient may tend to live longer. I would suggest discussing the expected prognosis in detail with your treating oncologist.
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