Hope you are well or as well as can be - brothers in arms.
Sounds as though you are going through similar process and thinking to me.
Luckily I've been pretty healthy most of my life. However I was having a blood test for something else last Nov 20 and asked if a PSA test could be included (as a precautionary measure). Well the results changed my life a little, but have become a bit philosophical about the whole thing - nothing we can do I guess, except hope the people in the hospital know what they are doing. This is a timeline of whats happened to me so far....
1. My Blood test had high PSA 22.5 - was sent to NHS Urologist and had another blood test to check - came down to 21
2. Had bone scan about 2 weeks after - clear
3. Biopsy - 3 weeks after with biopsy results another 3 weeks after that - Gleason 9 on one side 6 on the other - staging was a T2a NOMO but high risk or maybe locally advanced.
4. Had MRI about 1 month after - I was concerned about the time things were taking - however I was assured Prostate cancer was slow growing and a few weeks here or there was not going to make much difference. MRI showed that cancer was contained within the prostate.
Urologist and myself/partner discussed options - I was keen to go down the Radical Prostatectomy operation route - had read a bit about it.....
5. Details were sent off to UCL for the surgeons to look at the biopsy/MRI results etc.
6. 1 month after - UCL surgeon came back and wanted me to have a PET scan - more detailed scan - PET haven't been in the UK long apparently - had to go to a mobile unit that makes its way around the country.
7. 1 month after PET scan had meeting with urologist to get the news that UCL weren't prepared to operate as cancer was too close to prostate capsule and may have breached the outer case. Had second opinion at Arrow Park in Liverpool - same opinion came back.
8. Hormone/EBRT considered the best bet....Like you I am a bit concerned about side effects of the hormone drugs ( never been on any long term medication before).
9. So here I am - I'm due to have a 3 monthly slow release hormone injection on Monday 7/06 (Decapeptyl from memory), after being on the Bicalutamide tabs for about 10 days (to prevent testosterone flare) and also carry on the Bicalutimide till finished - about 30 days.
I understand the EBRT (treatment 4-5 weeks - 5 days per week) will be in about 3-4 months or when the PSA has come down to a low level. I also understand I may have to have hormone injections every 3 months for maybe up to 2 years after....
However so far so good - I have asked Cheshire Chris above how he got on with his treatment.....not keen on some of the listed side effects - but I guess it is what it is and side effects are different for different people - fingers crossed.