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‘First, do no harm’: managing the metabolic impacts of androgen deprivation in men with advanced prostate cancer

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Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a standard systemic treatment for men with prostate cancer. Men on ADT may be elderly and have comorbidities that are exacerbated by ADT, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and osteoporosis. Studies on managing the impacts of ADT have focused on men with non‐metastatic disease, where ADT is given for a limited duration. However, some men with advanced or metastatic prostate cancer will achieve long‐term survival with palliative ADT and therefore also risk morbidity from prolonged ADT. Furthermore, ADT is continued during the use of other survival‐prolonging therapies for men with advanced disease, and there is a general trend to use ADT earlier in the disease course. As survival improves, management of the metabolic effects of ADT becomes important for maintaining both quality and quantity of life. This review will outline the current data, offer perspectives for management of ADT complications in men with advanced prostate cancer and discuss avenues for further research.
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Keywords: advanced prostate cancer; androgen deprivation therapy; metabolic complication; supportive care

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2016

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