One of the most common treatments for advanced prostate cancer is androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Testosterone is a male sex hormone that is created in the testicles. Testosterone can cause cell growth in the prostate and can therefore fuel tumor growth in patients with prostate cancer. In effort to take away the cancers fuel, ADT is used to reduce the testosterone levels in your body. ADT is a common treatment for advanced prostate cancer. With several different medications available, your doctor will make a recommendation based on your age, disease progression, risk and history of diabetes for cardiovascular disease, and perhaps several other factors.
Men who are receiving ADT have recorded adverse events such as hot flashes, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, loss of muscle mass and strength, fatigue, depression, increased weight, increased glucose levels in the blood, and osteoporosis or softening of the bones which make men at risk for hip and spine fractures.
Prostate cancer patients are at risk for skeletal complications such as bone loss and fractures. As you lose testosterone, bone health becomes more important. Those on ADT have even more osteoporosis related risk factors.
As a result, exercise and proper diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and a healthy response to ADT.
Bottom line: man with advanced prostate cancer can be helped with androgen deprivation therapy. There are multiple drugs available for treating advanced prostate cancer. Speak to your physician regarding the best treatment for you and your prostate.