Welcome to the forum. Sorry you needed to look for us but glad you found us. Hope we can help.
You've been getting a lot of good advice on this thread. You've probably noticed that very little of that good advice seems to agree. This stuff ain't easy and a lot of it boils down to what a man wants to do.
Prostate cancer is a slow-growing cancer and at 85 the chances are pretty good that the cancer won't be the limiting factor for how long you will live. With the Eligard -- which is "hormone therapy", by the way, not generally called "chemo" -- with that you can almost certainly slow down the cancer enough that the cancer probably won't be what kills you. But you hate the Eligard and it makes you miserable. I can sympathize with that. I was on similar drugs for two years and I hated it, too.
Some of the side effects of the hormones can be minimized with other drugs. Antidepressants can help with the brain fog and the fatigue and, if you pick the right antidepressant they can help with the hot flashes, too. I was on Prozac and Wellbutrin (two different antidepressants) to help with the brain fog. Some guys use a drug called modafinil which seems to help but is sort of expensive and hard to get insurance to pay for. So one thing you could try is going back on the hormones but adding other drugs to try to minimize the side effects.
And, as Tall Allen suggested, you could consider radiation which might actually cure
your cancer so you wouldn't need to keep taking the hormones. That would be sort of aggressive for an 85 year old guy but some guys enjoy putting up a fight and, if you want to take the battle to the beast, radiation would be your weapon of choice. The usual side effects of radiation are fatigue, hemorrhoids, peculiar bowel function, and occasional urinary symptoms. I took a lot of naps during my treatments, often sleepy and tired easily, but it didn't make me feel stupid and blurry like the hormones did. My radiation oncologist hooked me up with some cortisone suppositories that helped with the 'rhoids, and the rest of the side effects were minor for me.
Slow PSA rise 2007-2012: 1.4=>8
4 bxs 2010-2012:
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
24 mo ADT3 7/12 - 7/14
Adjuvant IMRT 66.6 Gy 10/17/12 - 12/13/12
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Post Edited (PeterDisAbelard.) : 1/20/2015 8:58:01 AM (GMT-7)