A brief overview of your Advanced Prostate Cancer (APC) diagnosis
WHAT DOES A DIAGNOSIS OF APC MEAN?
A diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer (APC) can mean a lot of different things, ranging from your PSA level to your Gleason score, to the size and location of your tumor. Your doctor will explain the details of this diagnosis as it relates to you.2
ADT IS A COMMON TREATMENT FOR APC
Testosterone, a male sex hormone found in the testicles, makes cells grow in the prostate. In patients with prostate cancer, testosterone may also fuel tumor growth.
The goal of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is to reduce testosterone levels in your body, thus taking fuel away from the cancer.3
DIFFERENT ADTs CAN WORK IN DIFFERENT WAYS
There are different types of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), and some can cause an increase in testosterone during the first week of treatment. Patients taking these kinds of ADT may experience worsening of symptoms or onset of new symptoms during the first few weeks of treatment. These symptoms may include bone pain, blockage of the urinary tract that can reduce urine flow out of the body, and compression of the spinal cord.3
“Nearly 242,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and each and every one of them will have to find a strong, knowledgeable team of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers to help guide him through the process at each step of the way.”1
Ask your doctor to explain the different types of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) before you make your treatment decision. Tell your doctor your medical and family history, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, because it may affect what treatment you are on. For patients already on ADT, if your doctor needs to add additional therapy, they may reassess your treatment regimen.
References: 1. Prostate Cancer Foundation. An introduction to prostate cancer. https://www.pcf.org/guide/an-introduction-to-prostate-cancer. Accessed November 16, 2018. 2. WebMD. Advanced prostate cancer: frequently asked questions.http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-faq. Accessed November 16, 2018. 3. Mottet N, Bastian PJ, Bellmunt J, et al. Guidelines on prostate cancer. http://uroweb.org/wp-content/uploads/1607-Prostate-Cancer_LRV3.pdf. Updated April 2014. Accessed November 16, 2018.
A Brief Overview of Advanced Prostate Cancer
What does an advanced prostate cancer (APC) diagnosis mean? What treatments are available? What is androgen deprivation therapy?
ADT: Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to some of the more commonly asked androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) related questions.
Risks Associated With ADT Treatment
There are some risks associated with all androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) treatments. Here are some topics to discuss with your healthcare team.
DISCUSSING HEART HEALTH, DIABETES, AND OTHER KEY RISK FACTORS WITH YOUR DOCTOR
Some ADTs carry an increased risk for cardiovascular (heart) problems and diabetes. If you have a personal or family history of either, there are important questions you need to ask your doctor because it could affect which ADT you should be on.
Our Doctor Discussion Guide helps you get the most out of your conversation by helping you ask informed, relevant questions about prostate cancer, other health issues you may have, and how they can affect your choice of ADT.
Download and print the guide now and be prepared to fight your disease with knowledge as well as the ADT that’s right for you.