When Starting ADT, Some Things Are Worth Talking About
Some commonly prescribed androgen deprivation therapies (ADTs) include a warning about an increased risk of heart attack, sudden cardiac death, and stroke (cardiovascular diseases), as well as diabetes.1
Tell your doctor if you have a family history of heart disease, have had a previous heart attack or stroke, have diabetes, or have other cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or cigarette smoking.
If you have any concerns about which ADT you have been prescribed, please discuss your treatment options with your doctor.
Answering YES to any of the following can affect which ADT you should be on:
- Do you have a family history of heart disease?
- Do you have diabetes?
- High blood pressure?
- High cholesterol?
- Do you smoke?
References: 1. Food and Drug Administration. FDA drug safety communication: update to ongoing safety review of GnRH agonists and possible increased risk of diabetes and certain cardiovascular diseases. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm229986.htm. Accesed November 16. 2018.
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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.