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Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

By on October 3, 2016
Doctor discussing x-ray with patient

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer less safe for men with prior heart attack

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer often receive hormone-depleting therapy to help fight the tumor. But a new study suggests that the treatment may pose a risk to men who’ve previously suffered a heart attack.

“Patient age, cardiac risk, and disease recurrence risk should be considered when selecting candidates for hormone therapy in this patient population,” lead researcher Dr. Nataniel Lester-Coll of Yale University said in a Yale news release. He’s a resident doctor at the Yale School of Medicine’s department of therapeutic radiology in New Haven, Conn.

Because prostate tumors typically grow in the presence of hormones such as testosterone, doctors often recommend therapies that temporarily deplete hormone levels. But might that approach affect heart health?

While numerous studies have shown that hormone therapy can help many types of prostate cancer patients, this study “suggests that additional factors such as cardiovascular medical problems should be taken into account in the treatment decisions,” Vira said.

The study was presented Sept. 28 at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology meeting in Boston. Experts note that findings presented at medical meetings are typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.


More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on hormone therapy for prostate cancer. Content for this article provided by Health Day.

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