... I know that some of us here, like some of my doctors, do not like the term " leuprolide chemotherapy", preferring to call it "hormone therapy" or "androgen denial therapy". I address this with: leuprolide acetate is not a hormone, it is not naturally produced by the human body, it is a lab-made chemical that acts on the hypothalamus gland to do what I described above. When I Googled "Lupron" I got a series of questions & answers. One such was "Is Lupron a form of chemotherapy?" The answer was "Lupron is a drug given to some cancer patients. Since it damages both cancerous and normal cells it is considered a form of chemotherapy."
I've always enjoyed reading your research on Leuprolide, as I'm in a similar situation to yours. My one and only testicle never recovered from ADT. And I use the term ADT among fellow PCa patients. Most know what it means, though some will Google it and find only security alarms.
HT works well when describing Max-RP, as in RP/HT/RT. Use the acronym HT around ordinary folks and they assume you're referring to TRT, and women sometimes instinctively refer to it as HRT. There's just no getting away from it. When I started Lupron and mentioned that I was losing my body hair, my wife's mother asked "shouldn't just the opposite happen?" Yeah, right... I'm going to take something just to give me more body hair.
People have no clue. Even my GP, when I mention the SE's of being on Lupron, acts as though I'm taking B12 supplements or something. I keep bringing up concerns about
my bones, and when he shows me the chart from my DEXA he only talks about
where a woman would fall on the chart.
Regardless of what Google says about
Lupron being chemotherapy, most people think only of cytotoxic chemo (toxic to cells). I don't want to appear to be playing the "cancer card" when I have to fan myself in front of others. Besides, since my wife and both sons have been thru "actual" chemo, I don't want to be called out on it, or to seem to minimize what they went thru (even though the after effects of my PCa have been longer lasting than what they must live with).