A lot to think about their Alf. I still see too many issues and potenial dangers going down the HT path, at least for myself.
If I knew, and its just a guess, that I would not be alive in 10 years regardless of cause, no way I would want to do HT, have no interest at age 58 to be chemically or physically castrated, no desire to be sexless, or to gain a buch of weight and experience hot flashes, etc. Not my idea of quality of life. And I am only referring to myself, no other man's decisions here.
I would rather remain whom I am, as I am now (for good or for bad), and try to be well enough to simply be me. Just like I knew this SRT was going to do a number on me, and it did, as sensitive as I am to meds in general, I know that I would have the full effects of side effects from using them, just my gut feeling.
The board here, has to know by now, there is no one fit for all, at any stage in our journey. Each of us are faced with choices, sometimes horrid choices, and we have to make them on a combination of faith in our own judgement and faith in our medical staffs. Not easy, not always right, but that's the way it works.
David in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10