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Can prostate cancer or testicular cancer cause hot flashes?

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Men with prostate cancer sometimes get a treatment called androgen suppression therapy. It lowers their testosterone levels, which helps radiation therapy work better. It can also cause hot flashes. If your treatment is temporary, the flashes should go away a few months after it stops. For some men, however, it’s permanent. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease your symptoms.

Men who’ve had their testicles removed to treat cancer may also get hot flashes.

SOURCES:

The North American Menopause Society: “Hot Flashes.”

Harvard Health Publications. “Hot flashes in men: an update.”

Rossmanith, W.G. Gynecological Endocrinology, May 2009.

National Institute on Aging: “Menopause.”

BreasCancer.org: “Menopause symptoms: Hot Flashes.”

Women’s Health.gov. “Menopause and menopause treatments fact sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hot flashes.”

National Institute on Aging: “Menopause: Time for a Change.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats can last for years.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Non-Hormonal Ways to Cope with Hot Flashes and Menopause.”

The North American Menopause Society: “Breast Cancer Survivors & Hot Flash Treatments.”

Cancer Research UK: “Hot flushes and sweats.”

Thurston, R.C. Fertility and Sterility, published online Sept. 13, 2013.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Heat & Temperature Sensitivity.”

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: “Ask the Doctor.”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Testicular Cancer."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Thyroid Disorders in Women.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 17, 2020

SOURCES:

The North American Menopause Society: “Hot Flashes.”

Harvard Health Publications. “Hot flashes in men: an update.”

Rossmanith, W.G. Gynecological Endocrinology, May 2009.

National Institute on Aging: “Menopause.”

BreasCancer.org: “Menopause symptoms: Hot Flashes.”

Women’s Health.gov. “Menopause and menopause treatments fact sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hot flashes.”

National Institute on Aging: “Menopause: Time for a Change.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats can last for years.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Non-Hormonal Ways to Cope with Hot Flashes and Menopause.”

The North American Menopause Society: “Breast Cancer Survivors & Hot Flash Treatments.”

Cancer Research UK: “Hot flushes and sweats.”

Thurston, R.C. Fertility and Sterility, published online Sept. 13, 2013.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Heat & Temperature Sensitivity.”

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: “Ask the Doctor.”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Testicular Cancer."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Thyroid Disorders in Women.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 17, 2020

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