Well, my experience was a little different (sounding like Kate McKinnon describing her abduction by aliens)... I was put on Lupron by my RO at four months after RP, and I knew very little about
it. Based upon my calculated PSA-DT and velocity, if I had not had the RP, my PSA would have been 40 by the time I started HT. And if I'd not had the HT it would have been 60 by the time of my adjuvant RT. Fortunately all three treatments had commenced within a year.
Due to external events surrounding my diagnosis, I didn't have much opportunity to shop around or pick and choose treatments. (See my brief one page mini blog)
Fortunately, other than a persistently borderline high triglyceride level, my cardiovascular system is generally healthy... though the Lupron has caused elevated A1C, heart rate and BP. My GP doesn't know much about
HT, my RO is retired and my current Uro is not a great source of information. But I'm hoping that at some point my testosterone production will resume and PSA will remain undetectable.
Other than oste
openia and depression, hopefully the SE's of my 18 months on Lupron (30 months so far) will be minimal. Hopefully. Would I do it again? I didn't have much choice.
2014-15: PSA's 9, 12, 20, 25, Neg DRE's, false neg TRUS biopsy
6/16: New Uro, MRI Fusion biopsy, 6 pos Rt Base (15-40-100%) G8(4+4)
8/16: DaVinci RP, 3 foci EPE, PNI, 11 LN-, 53g, 25% Gr4, BL SVI, pT3b
1/17: Started Lupron ADT, PSA's ~.03
5/17: AMS800 implant, revised 6/17
8/17: 39 tx RapidArc IMRT (70 Gy)
1/18, 4/18, 7/18, 1/19: PSA's <0.008, T=9
2018: Dx Radiation Colitis & other weird stuff