While your news was stern and serious, I am glad you were sitting in front of a doctor that wasn't blowing smoke out of your back end. I know that is a lot of news to take in, but at least you know what lies before you. Until one is sitting in your situation, its hard to say what one would or wouldn't do at this juncture in your PC journey. I know you will be doing a lot of talking and soul searching along the way. Whether you go to HT now or later, or not at all, I will respect your personal opinion and choice. I don't know much about HT, but from my research, the dr. is right on target, whether you use it now or later, the length of time and its effectiveness will be about the same. Like most people in your situation, one can only hope that something is being developed or has been developed awaiting approval, that can give you a lot more time.
Either way, try to enjoy each day, with those that love you, and you do the things that you love to do and can still do. The rest of it will sort itself out over time, and when/if you come up with a new plan for your journey, just let us know, and we will be there for you.
Wishing you only the best,
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, next one: July
Latest: 7/9 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days, Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, 7/2 - Caths #18 & #19