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Prostate Cancer
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Prostate Hormone Therapy

Prostate hormone therapy suppresses, blocks, or eliminates testosterone to slow the tumor’s growth. Prostate Hormone
Therapy

Prostate hormone therapy suppresses, blocks, or eliminates testosterone to slow the tumor’s growth.

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Hormone Therapy Uses

Therapy can slow the tumor’s growth or lower a PSA level; it may be used before, during, or after other treatment. Hormone Therapy Uses

Therapy can slow the tumor’s growth or lower a PSA level; it may be used before, during, or after other treatment.

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Shrinking the Prostate

Surgical castration patients return home the day of the surgery. Treatment is given orally or by injection. Shrinking the Prostate

Surgical castration patients return home the day of the surgery. Treatment is given orally or by injection.

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Hormone
Therapy Effects

Hormone therapy does not destroy cancer but research has shown effectiveness in enhancing other treatments. Hormone
Therapy Effects

Hormone therapy does not destroy cancer but research has shown effectiveness in enhancing other treatments.

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Hormone Therapy
Side Effects

May cause impotence, weight gain, hot flashes, fatigue, loss of muscle mass; and hormone “flare” in LHRH use. Hormone Therapy
Side Effects

May cause impotence, weight gain, hot flashes, fatigue, loss of muscle mass; and hormone “flare” in LHRH use.

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Prostate News

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Hormone Therapy
Videos

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Videos

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Hormone Therapy
Experiences


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Brachytherapy

Chemotherapy

Cryotherapy & Cryosurgery

Radiation
Therapy

Prostatectomy

Robotic Prostatectomy

Watchful
Waiting

Complementary
and
Alternative Medicine

High Intensity
Focused
Ultrasound (HIFU)

Emerging Technologies

 

Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy Side Effects – LHRH Antagonist

The benefits of prostate cancer hormone therapy carry side effects. Some side effects may be caused by the body readjusting to the introduction of a new medication, so these may go away on their own in a few days or weeks. Other side effects should be reported immediately to a doctor.

If a patient experiences a change in heart rhythm and fainting, they should immediately contact their doctor.

Some of the less common side effects associated with the use of GnRH antagonists include fainting, loss of consciousness, fast or irregular breathing, skin rash and itching, swelling of the eyes or the eyelids, tightness in the chest, wheezing or trouble breathing. These side effects are less common but may require consultation with a doctor.

Urinary side effects are more common in men who are taking LHRH antagonists. These side effects can include bladder pain, bloody or cloudy urine, burning or pain while urinating, a decrease in the frequency of urination or the volume of urine, frequency and difficulty urinating.

More common side effects associated with prostate cancer hormone therapy include:

  • Gynecomastia (enlargement of the breast or tenderness and pain in breasts)
  • Bloating or swelling of the face, hands, arms, feet, and legs
  • Lower back or side pain
  • Flu-like symptoms including body aches, fever, chills, coughing, nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Tingling of the hands and feet
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness

There are side effects beyond those listed here that may occur with hormone therapy. Patients should pay attention to their bodies and note any changes they may want to report to a doctor. Side effects often occur with the benefits of prostate cancer hormone therapy. Side effects associated with hormone therapy may go away on their own as the body readjusts to the new agents. Patients who find the severity of side effects interferes with the enjoyment of everyday life should speak with their doctors. Prostate cancer hormone therapy is a valuable tool in halting the growth of the tumor.

Doctors may encourage their patients to stay with hormone therapy to see if the body adjusts and the side effects go away, or they may want to change the medication or the therapy.

Men who undergo prostate cancer hormone therapy to ablate their testosterone may notice a change in the way facial and body hair grows. Men, however, will not turn into women, nor will they lose secondary sexual characteristics. Patients who are considering hormone therapy as a prostate cancer treatment should speak with their doctors about the advantages and disadvantages that different LHRH agonist drugs offer.

 
 
 
 

 
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