I am doing 24 months. I talked to my doctors about
the study that seemed to show that 18 months was enough and my medical oncologist, at least, felt like the study was a bit underpowered to convince him to change his tried and true methods. What I do plan to do, at this point, is ask whether we can do three one-month shots for the last three months. There was a recent study that showed that men who did six months of HT as six one-month shots recovered faster after it was all done than did men who received two three-month shots.
There are pretty good treatments for some of the side-effects of HT. There's no reason for him to be more miserable than he needs to be. I'm on two antidepressants right now and one of them is also prescribed for hot flashes (at a different dose).
...my dad was actually on testosterone at the time of his initial diagnosis. Which I'm sure inflamed his situation.
Actually, you can stop being sure of that. The relationship between T supplementation and prostate cancer is waaay more complicated than you might think. Castrated men do better, granted, but men with low
levels of testosterone seem more prone to aggressive PCa than men with normal or high testosterone.
Good luck to your dad, whatever he decides to do. He's lucky to have you to help him get through this.
Slow PSA rise 2007-2012: 1.4=>8
4 bxs 2010-2012:
1)neg (some inflammation),
3)positive 1 of 14 GS6(3+3) 3-4%, 2nd opinion GS7(3+4)
Mild Pre-op ED
DaVinci RRP 6/14/12. left nerve spared
Path: pT3a pN0 R1 GS9(4+5) Pos margins on rt
Start 24 mo ADT3 7/26/12
Adjuvant IMRT 66.6 Gy 10/17/12 - 12/13/12
Leaky but better, Trimix, VEDForum Moderator - Not a Medical Professional