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Psychological side effects of ADT

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ADT carries with it a heightened risk of depression as well as cognitive effects.  The cognitive impact, though, is neither well defined nor consistent.   The data collectively suggest that the negative impact of ADT on patients directly (and on their intimate partners indirectly) are greater for younger than older men. 

 

Across the array of adverse effects, physical exercise appears to have the greatest potential to address the psychological effects of ADT, both in men who are receiving ADT and in their partners.

 

Donovan KA, Walker LM, Wassersug RJ, Thompson LM, Robinson JW. 2015. Psychological effects of androgen-deprivation therapy on men with prostate cancer and their partners. Cancer [epub ahead of print] 15 September 2015. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26372364

 

From Richard Wassersug's Life on ADT Blog

 

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