I will start my HT in a few days...We can compare notes...!:)
Don't get discouraged if the HT seems hard to live with in the first weeks and months. The worst period for me came several months after I begin HT. I felt very fatigued from the anemia, and was pretty depressed. But once I recovered from the anemia things improved a lot, both physically and emotionally.
I would suggest that you have a bone density test before you start HT to serve as a benchmark. Fortunately I had one before I was diagnosed with PCa, and about
a year later I had another and it confirmed bone density loss from the previous year, so now I am on Fosamax.
Also, get ready for a total loss of libido if you are not there yet.
Age 66, PC diagnosed 7/2009 at age 65
Stage: T2c, Gleason: 9 (4 + 5), 6 of 6 cores positive
Bone, CAT and MIR scans negative
Treatment: brachytherapy (103 palladium), 100 gy, 11/2010 + hormone therapy (Lupron + Casodex) + IMRT on Novalis, 45 gy, 3/2010.
PSA: 7/2009, At time of diagnosis -- 11.9
10/2009 -- 5.0
12/2009 -- 0.56
5/2010 -- 0.15
8/9/2010 -- 0.06
11/2010 -- 0.013