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Prostate Cancer: Osteoporosis Due to Hormone Therapy

Bone thinning, or osteoporosis, is a side effect of hormone therapy used to treat some prostate cancers.

Not all men develop osteoporosis as a result of hormone (also called androgen deprivation) therapy. But bone mineral density screenings may be a good idea during hormonal treatments.

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If you have an advanced stage of prostate cancer (stage III and IV), it means the disease has spread outside your prostate gland. Doctors can treat this type of cancer, but they can’t cure it. Still, there are good options that can ease your symptoms and help you live a long, active life. Talk with your doctor about the treatment that’s best for you. Ask him about the kinds of side effects you might have. You’ll want to choose a path that gives you the best results with the fewest risks. Your ...

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A type of X-ray, bone mineral density screenings are a safe and noninvasive way to diagnose osteoporosis, detect low bone density, monitor the effectiveness of treatments, and predict the risk for future fractures.

How Do I Prevent Osteoporosis If I'm Taking Hormones for Prostate Cancer?

Some approaches that may help to slow or prevent osteoporosis include:

Men should talk to their health care providers about other approaches.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on September 11, 2015

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