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What are some of the emotional side effects of hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

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A cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment may affect how you feel mentally and emotionally. Hormone therapy can cause:

Research shows that hormone therapy for prostate cancer may lead to mild problems with short-term memory, language, thinking, and concentration. Researchers are still studying the effect of hormone therapy on the brain.

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • A drop in mental sharpness

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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