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How long does hormone therapy for prostate cancer last?

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Doctors don't know how long hormone therapy works to keep prostate cancer in check. So your doctor will regularly draw blood to check your PSA levels. If your levels go up, it's a sign that the cancer has started growing again and ADT is no longer a treatment option. Low androgen levels usually mean that the treatment is working.

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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