June 4, 2019

What you need to know before starting hormone therapy

For many men with prostate cancer, short-term or long-term hormonal therapy, combined or not with another treatment (eg, radiotherapy), offers hope for control of the disease and longer life.

Hormone therapy blocks your testosterone, a hormone known to stimulate the growth of prostate cancer. Although it is a treatment of reference, especially if you have advanced prostate cancer, hormone therapy is not without side effects. In fact, it is the lowering of your testosterone levels that is responsible for them.

Whether they are physical such as hot flushes, loss of libido, weight gain around the abdomen or fatigue, hormone therapy also causes side effects that you do not see: increased sugar level, bad cholesterol (LDL), blood pressure and decreased bone density and muscle mass. It is for these reasons that we often refer to an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and osteoporosis when we talk about side effects related to this treatment.

At this time, it is not possible to predict how severely any individual will be affected by lowering testosterone with hormone therapy, but work is being done to find ways to help predict who might be affected by which effects.

Changes in diet and exercise have been shown to relieve many of the side effects of ADT. Before beginning hormone therapy, every man should discuss the effects of testosterone loss with his doctor and nutritionist, so he can alter his lifestyle to accommodate or head off the changes.

The webinar Prostate Cancer: Is your heart at risk? addresses this subject (in French).

Don’t hesitate. Contact us at 1 855 899-2872 to discuss with one of our nurses specialized in uro-oncology. It's simple and free, like all of our other services.

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