John, Mel's synopsis of HT SE.s seems right on mark. I did not experience any emotional swings. Hot flashes were very bothersome initially, about 7-8 a day with at least 2 that woke me up at night. They disapated over time and now I don't really have any that are noticable (9 months into HT). I had breast radiation to avoid the male boob issue, and take vit D and viville patch to maintain bone desity. Both are not an issue for me. I have gained 10 lbs, but my cardiac health is good as well as blood suger. I get tested every 3 months. I have body hair loss, shriveling of equipment, an no sexual desire of course. Really the biggest issue for me is muscle loss. Exercise, weight training is very important, and I negleted it due to work demands. That's my HT story. Oh! I almost forgot the biggest effect, a string of undetectable PSA's (but hopefully that's from the SRT). BB
Dx PCa Dec 2008 at 56, PSA 3.4
Biopsy: T1c, Geason 7 (3+4) - 8 cores, 4 positive, 30% of all 4 cores.
Robotic Surgery March 2009 Hartford Hospital, Dr Wagner
Pathology Report: T2c, Geason 8, organ confined, negitive margins, lymph nodes negitive - tumor volume 9%, nerves spared, no negitive side effects of surgery.
PSA's < .01, .01, .07, .28, .50. HT 5/10. IMRT 9/10.
PSA's post HT .01, < .01