Before my diagnosis I was on Testosterone ( gel ) for about 4 years, my level before the gel was 8 ( not sure of units).
I had fatigue, ED, and poor concentration etc. the Testosterone made a huge difference to my general well being. I had regular PSA tests and 12 months before diagnosis they started to rise, slowly at first but then a couple of rapid rises ( +1 TO 8.8 and then to 10.8) so then the usual tests and final diagnosis. I had brachytherapy about 2 months back and all is going fine, hopefully I will eventually be "cured".
Did the testosterone "feed" the PCa? My urologist thinks that it didn't but some information on the web says otherwise. My testosterone level using the gel was up to about 15, and as the urologist said, " that is only about normal" so maybe I was going to develop PCa anyway, who knows?
Strangely I now feel fine, I am no longer on testosterone gel of course, I still have ED and some tiredness, my concentration and memory are OK but not perfect, but then I am 75 years old so maybe it's normal!
In hindsight I would not have started the hormone replacement, although the benefits were great there was the possibility of feeding a PCa and that risk was never mentioned ( if it existed).
I hope my experience might help you in making your choices, good luck.
Edited by member 19 Dec 2018 at 16:41
| Reason: clarification