I started Lupron five months ago and am well. The hot flashes are not overbearing for me. We have a little in common in that I love to ride bikes but basically just offroad bikes. A told a story in another thread that I was up in the mountains in Utah this weekend riding through the snow thinking, darn it's cold, where's a hot flash when I need one? But it has not slowed me down a bit. I am 45 but it's a positive atitude that I need to start the bike and go again. And I recommend that should you choose, and it sounds like you have to, to take on HT, that you know the side effects ahead of time and be prepared to work though them. There are those here who don't like this treatment, including me, but have resolved that it's just a way of life now. I am doing very well and will continue as long as my oncologist suggests I do. There are things to do to prevent side effects and I suggest that you read a book entitled "Beating Prostate Cancer: Hormonal Therapy and Diet" by Dr. Charles "Snuffy" Myers. There are other books probably equally as good but I adhere to the advise in this book.
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable. It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.