Different research projects come to different conclusions; partly affected by who is funding what. Research funded by the manufacturers of hormone treatments will be more likely to find that extending HT results in better outcomes; research funded by NICE / governments is more likely to find that a short stint is just as good as a long one.
In the last year, there have been results published that found
- 3 years is better than 18 months
- anything more than 6 months makes no difference to outcomes
- 18 months is optimum
- men don't necessarily need any HT at all if they have RT for low risk PCa
Do a quick poll of members here having radical RT/HT and you will find anything from 6 months to 3 years. Between members having adjuvant or salvage RT, it is anything from no hormones to 3 years.
All you can do is trust your onco who has your medical info and is making a judgment about what is optimum in your case.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard
Well im so glad i will only have been on HT for 2 years in total at the end as its still doing my head in 😱.
Please find something better for future patients...