According to the American Cancer Society, there are an estimated 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer every year, with roughly one in seven men diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. Although it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men after lung cancer, prostate cancer can be treated successfully, especially if caught early, and many men that receive a diagnosis do not die from the disease.
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How is prostate cancer treated?
As with any form of cancer or serious illness, the first step is to obtain an accurate diagnosis from an experienced urologist in order to obtain a personalized and effective treatment plan.
What is androgen deprivation therapy (ADT)?
The male hormone testosterone is believed to play a role in the growth and proliferation of prostate cancer. In advanced stages of the disease, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) has become a standard method used to curb the body’s production of testosterone in order to stem potential tumor growth.
What are the side effects of ADT?
As with any medication or surgical procedure, there can be certain risk factors associated with the use of ADT in some men. Some of the most common potential side effects include:
- Metabolic changes like dyslipidemia and hyperglycemia
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hot flashes
- Decreased bone mineral density
New studies have also suggested a potential link between use of ADT and diabetes, cardiovascular, and kidney problems. However without more conclusive research and case studies, it is difficult to make a direct correlation between ADT and conditions like heart disease and diabetes given how prevalent the conditions are in the general population.
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer and considering ADT could also be pre-screened for pre-existing conditions in order to determine potential risk factors. The most important course of action is for men to know the risk factors, and obtain accurate, personalized treatment.
Contact a Prostate Cancer Surgeon in Beverly Hills Today
Dr. Kia Michel and the board-certified urologists at Comprehensive Urology are experts in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. If you are suffering from symptoms of prostate cancer or need a second opinion, Dr. Kia can help with an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan appropriate to each patient’s individual case. Call (310) 499-2756 today to schedule an appointment or make a confidential appointment online.
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