Ed, I don't doubt the wisdoms of your doctors, or their advice to you. Wouldn't pressume to do that to you or anyone else.
I can't imagine, if you were being literal, that anyone was gunning to be on HT, lol. I don't really think its a monster, and for some guys here, its not that bad of a ride for them. You could say the same for SRT, for many - just a couple of months of treatments and a short bout of side effects, for me, it was a living hell and I am still paying the price and it didn't work.
Looks like we are about 3 years apart. I don't any kind of death wish in particular. Just 3 years ago, I was still riding a motorcycle at speeds to 155 mph on narrow windy roads here, probably had a higher level of pending death from that habit than PC has been for me so far.
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 2/11 1.24
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 9/10,