The two oncologists I consulted agree. The only real option is hormone therapy for three months followed by external radiation, 45 treatments, with hormone therapy continuing for up to two years.
I need an MRI because my two hip replacements obscured the CT scan view of the lymph glands near the prostate.
For me, here’s the key dialogue:
TR: This is probably a stupid question but is this going to kill me and in how long?
Sloan/Kettering, St. Clare’s oncologist: It’s a great question. Of course we don’t know but statistically you have about an 80% chance of living five years and a 60% of living ten….
There you have it. I am taking an oral med. Casodex 50mg once a day. Will get a hormonal injection, likely in the stomach, on Tuesday that should cover me for three months. If all goes well (meaning, among other things, the prostate gland shrinks) I will begin radiation.
There are numerous side effects from the hormonal treatments, though the oncologist said the intensity varies among individuals.
I told my daughter she may not be losing a father, but may be gaining a grandmother.
As for me, I have no symptoms, feel great, did fierce workouts three days last week, and intend to spend the weekend riding the Harley and raking leaves.