08 Dec Newly diagnosed Prostate Cancer patients and hormone therapy.
Almost all Prostate cancer patients will at one time or another be treated with hormone therapy drugs.
These drugs are very powerful and in most cases very effective at reducing a mans PSA level.
In the UK the most common forms of treatment at this stage are Zoladex, Prostap3 and Firmagon.
These all come with side effects but remember it is your body reacting to the hormone therapy.
The side effects although difficult can be managed with a little knowledge of when and how they might affect you.
Having lived for 10 years with a diagnosis of metastatic prostate cancer and having hormone therapy at various times I have been able to manage the side effects without resorting to any treatments that would reduce the side effects.
Here is a list of the 18 most common side effects and the % of men that they affect.
HAMPERED BY HORMONES?
A Campaign Report addressing the needs of men with prostate cancer
In summary the statistics of the 18 most prevalent side effects experienced by men receiving hormone therapy from men who took part in the survey were as follows:-
The Percentage of men in the survey who experienced each side effect is shown in brackets after the side effect.
1/ HOT FLASHES (85%)
2/ ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (82%)
3/ LOSS OF LIBIDO (80%)
4/ TIREDNESS/FATIGUE (70%)
5/ WEIGHT GAIN (55%)
6/ BREAST SWELLING (55%)
7/ COGNITIVE EFFECTS (45%)
8/ BECOMING MORE EMOTIONAL (45%)
9/ JOINT PAIN (40%)
10/ MOOD SWINGS (38%)
11/ FEELING ANXIOUS (37%)
12/ BREAST TENDERNESS (30%)
13/ FEELING LESS MASCULINE (30%)
14/ DEPRESSION (30%)
15/ MUSCLE LOSS (28%)
16/ LOSS OF SELF CONFIDENCE (25%)
17/ HAIR LOSS (20%)
18/ OSTEOPOROSIS (8%)