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 member are also welcome.
This session is presented by a Nurse Practitioner from the BC Cancer Agency. 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.
These sessions are held monthly at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC (across from Vancouver General Hospital).
As a module of the Vancouver 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.