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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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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 - Estrogen

The use of estrogen as prostate cancer hormone therapy carries the increased risk of problems with blood clotting. Those opting to undergo estrogen must weigh these risks. Estrogen may cause clots in the legs, heart attacks, strokes and other vascular accidents. Those with blood vessel diseases, blood clotting disorders, diabetes, high blood pressure, high levels of calcium in the blood, and liver disease and want to consider estrogen to treat prostate cancer, must speak with their doctors about the possible risks.

Patients must also be sure to alert their doctors about other drugs they may be taking. Conversely, once men begin hormone therapy, they must alert their other doctors and specialists to avoid possible drug interactions.

There may be side effects associated with the use of hormone therapy to treat prostate cancer that are not listed here. Patients should speak with their doctors about possible side effects. If patients choose estrogen as their prostate cancer hormone therapy, they should be aware of any changes in their body that may be caused by hormone therapy. Possible side effects of estrogen therapy in men include:

  • Breast enlargement and tenderness as well as nipple tenderness (gynecomastia)
  • Sudden chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sudden pain in the arms, legs, or groin
  • Severe headaches
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Edema (swelling due to water retention in the hands, feet, and ankles)
  • Sudden vision or speech problems
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)

If a patient experiences any of these side effects, he should notify his doctor as soon as possible. Patients who experience sudden vision changes, such as a new sensitivity to light and darkness, trouble adjusting to changing light, or sudden discomfort with contact lenses, should speak with the either their doctor or their eye care specialist.

Other side effects may accompany the use of estrogen as a prostate cancer treatment. These side effects may be unpleasant or inconvenient or both, however, they do not require medical attention unless they become so bothersome that they interfere with daily life. These hormone therapy side effects include:

  • Changes in sexual desire, including loss of libido
  • Changes in facial or body hair growth
  • Mild upset stomach
  • Mood changes, including anxiety, frustration, anger, and depression
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Unexplained changes in appetite
  • Skin rash and acne
  • Sudden brown spots on the face
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Sudden weight gain

Smoking tobacco can greatly increase the risk of experiencing complications or side effects. Doctors usually encourage their patients to quit smoking when beginning prostate cancer hormone therapy with estrogen. Smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases in those who are taking estrogen for prostate cancer hormone therapy. Patients who feel that they will not stop smoking may want to consider other options for their prostate cancer treatments.

 
 
 
 

 
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