Celestia Higano, MD | Authors

Complications of Androgen Deprivation Therapy: Prevention and Treatment

March 01, 2004

The myriad effects of androgendeprivation therapy (ADT) inmen were really not appreciateduntil those without metastatic prostatecancer received such treatment.For example, fatigue-now recognizedas a common toxicity of ADT-was once more likely attributed tometastatic disease. Today, however,patients who are otherwise fully functional,healthy, and asymptomatic arebeing treated for a rising prostate-specificantigen level after primary therapy.In these men, the side effects ofADT can be very dramatic and aremore clearly related to the initiationof therapy.