Les has said it well for me. It was not without side effects, but I am in relatively good shape. I leak very rarely and only slightly if I do, still no action on the ED, that is to be expected with the HT. My medical oncologist questioned the effectiveness with adding radiation before I overruled him but he has since changed his tune. I completed my last radiation (IMRT) 22 months ago. I am still on HT but it is the last round. In September I discontinue using Casodex. October is my next oncology visit and we will watch the PSA and T levels monthly. My hope is to have normal T levels by early next year and no PSA detected.
The link below is to another post I did here on studies that have shown that surgery/RT/HT is by far outperforming any other combination for the T3 (especially the T3b) guys.
As far as how I feel, the HT has had the longest lasting effects. I don't care for it much at all. Still my oncologist made me stick with the original plan of 2 1/2 years on it. He wanted me to remain on it until year 5 but agreed that we can stop this year. He knows I want the break.
You can Email me if you want to talk real time. I don't post my phone number here, but many of the folks have it. I am also on Facebook and we can stay close that way as well.
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 11, 2009): <0.1
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My InfoLink page is at Tony's Prostate Cancer InfoLink Page