Recognition & Management of Treatment Related Side Effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)

Hormone therapy, also known as androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), is a type of treatment for prostate cancer.  Prostate cancer cannot grow or survive without androgens. Testosterone, is one of two androgens in the male body.  The goal of ADT is to decrease the levels of androgens or stop them from getting into prostate cancer cells so that it slows the growth of cancer and shrink the tumor.

Since ADT reduces a man’s testosterone, it causes a range of physical and psychological side effects. These side effects cause low libido, hot flashes, erectile dysfunction, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, increased risk for metabolic syndrome, loss of bone density fatigue, cognitive dysfunction and even depression.

This is a 1.5-hour group information session for prostate cancer patients who will be starting on or are already on hormone therapy. Partners and family members are also welcome. 

This session is presented by a nurse/nurse practitioner from BC Cancer. The session explains how ADT works and presents all the possible side effects and how you can manage the side effects. Being able to recognize and control the side effects proactively is the best way to avoid long term problems with ADT. One-on-one appointments are also available for more individualized discussions.

Please visit the “Session Dates” page for each location to see the time/date for the next available Module 4 education session. If you you would like to attend the session or book a clinical appointment please contact the program coordinator.

As a module of the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program, we offer regular monthly information sessions on the recognition and management of treatment related side effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer patients and their spouses/partners.

CONTACT

pcsc@vch.ca   |    604-875-4495