I had a lower gleason score, but am similar because of the positive margins. I started Zoladex two months prior to RT and haven't had huge side effects - a little warm flashes. However, I've only been on it three months. My doctors recommend two years of HT. They say that this will decrease the probability of reoccurance. The longer I can take the HT up to two years the better. Have you asked about switching to a different hormone. Since they all do the same thing, I wonder if one would be easier on you than another.
I have a question about checking PSA while on hormones. Doesn't the HT surpress any PC cells and thus leave the PSA test not useful?
PSA 4.7 (up from 3.2 one year ago)
Biopsy November 8, 2006 1 of 10 cores positive 5% LEFT Side Gleason 3+3
Robotic surgery January 19, 2007
Post Surgery Pathology
Stage T3a, Gleason 3+4, positive margins and
capsular penetration RIGHT Side
Post Surgery PSA: March 5: 0.01
5 month PSA, June 13, 2007: 0.08
Adjuvant therapy began June 26 with Zoladex injection
Radiation began August 23