You are faced with a decision of certain quality of life [QOL] and vitality VS reduced risk and low quality of life. How long will your rat live?
So doc put you on TRT because RBC was low from GI bleeding? Some of your low RBC probably was from low T.
I like to turn the argument around. Should doctors have men with these cancers castrated to increase life expectancy? As a group, castrated men should live a few months longer. In your case, stopping TRT is the same in many ways as getting castrated.
Note that these markers prior to your cancer treatment indicate easy to observe long term established low-T.
- no hair below the knees and shiny shins
- thin skin with spider lines and pinched up skin on back of hand stayed up a bit "tenting"
Immune system plays a major role in cancers. Thyroid and Vit-D3 status are very obvious influences.
TRT is indicated for these:
- no libido
- low RBC, hematocrit
- muscle wasting
Men who are frail and unsteady from muscle wasting are prone to falling and leg/hip fractures. While women seem to survive these event reasonably well, in comparison, 1 year survival rates for males are poor. Yes, bone loss is a factor and you probably have not had bone density tested (?). When men are on TRT, testing bone density is more of a curiosity as the testing will not lead to any intervention as TRT is the best treatment. Of course, one should already be making sure that Vit-D3 intake, trace elements, calcium and magnesium are good.
Re this cancer. There are suggestions that a diet higher in red meats and animal fats is a factor. As a group, men eat differently than women. I wonder if these cancer studies have made any effort to separate T hormone effects from males eating differently...