By MaleProstateHealth • January 2, 2017 • Comments Off on Enlarged Prostate What are the Side Effects of Treatment?
Most doctors use hormone therapy to control the spread of advanced prostate cancer. The most frequent side effects caused by hormone therapy include reduced sex drive, impotence, infertility, and osteoporosis (weakened bones). Erectile dysfunction and infertility occur in most men who undergo hormone therapy. The risk and extent of bone loss depends largely on how long a man receives hormone therapy. In many cases, doctors can recommend ways to combat these side effects.
When people no longer respond to hormone therapy, doctors may try a chemotherapy drug called Taxotere. Possible side effects of Taxotere include nausea, hair loss, and bone marrow suppression (the decline or halt of blood cell formation). Patients may also develop fluid retention and pain, tingling, or numbness in the fingers or toes.
Though new, thus far Provenge has been remarkably safe. However, clinical trials suggested the treatment might be linked to a slightly increased risk of stroke. Nearly all patients suffer some mild to moderate side effects such as chills, fatigue, fever, back pain, nausea, joint ache, and headache.
It's important for everyone with advanced prostate cancer to discuss their concerns with their doctor before beginning treatment.
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