I have to strongly agree with Cedar on this one. If he needs HT then by all means take the darn stuff. If they recommend RT then do it. Dying of treatable prostate cancer is poor way of improving Quality of LIFE. Especially when there are options available. Now I am on HT, had RT, and don't feel ready to cash in at all. In fact I would not trade life for the small side effects I have experienced. To the contrary, I have been pleasantly surprised by the fact I feel as well as I do given the circumstances. Radiation is not that bad for the post op patients, in fact I had nothing to speak of really. Rick still has time for his decision to change. And he can change it again later. If he doesn't want to continue any treatment then he can stop at any time. If he needs to talk to those who have a more positve experience with advanced prostate cancer, I see your EM address enabled. Look for some contact.
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.