I was on T shots (200 mg / 2 weeks) for 10 or so years before PCa. My urologist told me I had to completely quit TRT after surgery. I did and my T level dropped to 48 with all the ensuing symptoms (hot flashes, muscle weakness, loss of all libido, and finally deep depression) My uro's refussal to restart TRT led me to find another urologist that was in favor of it so I restarted the shots 4 months after surgery. The symptoms immediately went away and I have been in good shape since.
Now, there is a school of thought (as by my first uro) that testosterone feeds PCa and you need to eliminate it in order to give yourself the best chance to be cancer free. Their idea is that any stray cancer cells will be activated faster in the presence of testosterone. My point was that my quality of life was so bad (suicidal) that I needed to take that chance in order to live at all. Happily, I have had zero PSAs since surgery so apparently the surgeon got all the cancer out of me.
This is just my experience. I in no way recommend that you do TRT or not do it. It is an individual decision that must be made weighing quality of life vs quantity of life. There are dangers and rewards involved in all our medical decisions. Best of luck to you and please stay with us. We can all get well together...
Age 74. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06. Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
50 mg Viagra + 1000 mg L-Arginine + .03 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from 1/3/07 - 7/17/08 0.00.
Next PSA test on 1/28/09
Lung cancer dxed on 5/16/08. Surgery on 6/25/08 T1N1M0 - Stage IIA Start chemo in September 08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."