>>Still too many conflicting reports and opinions at the pro level about
adding or not adding HT in the mix.<<
there's no conflict at my doctor's office. never one bit. my doctor told me i'd have a 60% chance of needing SRT and he said with that in mind he didn't think surgery was a good choice for me. also, because i had a high volume of cancer he recommended a combination treatment -- HT, BT and IGRT. also my prostate is very small, making me a VG candidate for seeds.
now with all due respect your doctor's may think differently and there may indeed be a gray area but there was never any doubt or conflict with any of my doctor's regarding what was best for me. none whatsoever.
i should add that my doctor believes that HT is overused and at first he recommended six months of lupron, which because of the way scheduling fell turned into nine months. my radiation oncologists -- there are three of them -- all agreed that short-term-HT would be beneficial to me.
and i'm one to err on the side of "overtreatment".
of course we don't know if the treatment worked but i should have a better idea before the end of the year.
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl
Post Edited (F8) : 3/14/2011 6:03:16 PM (GMT-6)