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Can any of the side effects of hormone therapy for prostate cancer be treated?

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You and your doctor can prevent or treat many of the physical side effects. Prescription drugs can help with hot flashes and bone thinning. Exercise can reduce weight gain, tiredness, and the loss of bone and muscle mass, but you can't reverse bone loss, even after stopping hormone therapy. Radiation therapy can stop the growth of breast tissue, but it doesn't work once this has already happened. Sexual side effects will likely go away once you've stopped treatment. But if you've taken the drugs for a long time, they may be permanent. When you stop taking hormone therapy, emotional and mental side effects usually stop. But if you've taken the drugs for many years, they may not fully go away.

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Sildenafil.”

National Cancer Institute: “Sexual Health Issues in Men with Cancer,” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Anxiety, Fear, and Emotional Distress,” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer,” “Depression.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hormone therapy for prostate cancer,” “Bone density test,” “Prostate cancer.”

ZERO: “PSA Screening.”

National Kidney Foundation: “What You Should Know About Blood Lipids.”

Urology: “Cognitive Effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer.”

Prostate Cancer UK: “Living with hormone therapy: A guide for men with prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2019

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Sildenafil.”

National Cancer Institute: “Sexual Health Issues in Men with Cancer,” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Anxiety, Fear, and Emotional Distress,” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer,” “Depression.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hormone therapy for prostate cancer,” “Bone density test,” “Prostate cancer.”

ZERO: “PSA Screening.”

National Kidney Foundation: “What You Should Know About Blood Lipids.”

Urology: “Cognitive Effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer.”

Prostate Cancer UK: “Living with hormone therapy: A guide for men with prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2019

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