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Prostate Cancer: The Effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy on Intimate Relationships

Prostate Cancer: The Effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy on Intimate RelationshipsIntimate relationships with partners may decline when men with prostate cancer start androgen deprivation therapy (ADT).

But there is hope, according to a recent study published by Supportive Care for Cancer.

Androgens, such as testosterone, are male hormones. They give men their masculine traits and fuel their sex drive.

Unfortunately, androgens can also fuel prostate cancer cells. Scientists have found that reducing a man’s androgen levels might shrink tumors and slow down cancer cells’ growth. Androgen deprivation therapy (sometimes called hormone therapy or androgen suppression therapy) – lowering androgen amounts – may be used with other treatments like surgery and radiation.

Sometimes, ADT is done surgically by removing the testes. ADT may also be administered through medications that either lower androgen levels or stop androgens from working.

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