I too was on testosterone replacement therapy for 10 years before cancer. When diagnosed, my urologist told me I could never use TRT again. I stopped taking shots and had a radical prostatectomy. I was fine for a couple of months then started having hot flashes, muscle weakness, confusion and finally a deep, dark depression that resulted in near suicide. My uro still would not let me use TRT so I found another doctor that put me back on shots. Within a few days I was back to normal. My testosterone level at that time was 48. Currently it is about
As Swim has said, it is controversial. My PSA tests had been 0.00 for 4 months and I chose to use TRT rather than face the terrible effects of hypogonadism. That was in April 2007 and my PSA tests have all been 0.00 since then. Surgery was the only choice for me because any other treatment would have made it impossible for me to go back on TRT.
Its risky and if I still have cancer cells I will have to face the consequences. My choices were to live like a zombie on Prozac with the possiblility of having a recurrent cancer anyway or to chance it and live a happy life for as long as I can. I chose life. It seems to be one of the quandries of this disease that testosterone can kill us and the lack of testoserone can also kill us.
We have many choices to make while fighting PCa. We have to take control of our lives, research the options, get second opinions then make decisions and not look back. Until a cure is discovered this is the best we can do. There is life after cancer but we have to make it happen...
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2C. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSAs from 1/3/07 - 10/17/07 0.00.
Started Tri-Mix on 8/7/07. .05 ml and 50 mg Viagra. It works!!!
Next PSA test on 1/15/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."