You think it’s over.
You THINK you’ve won.
You think you’ve got prostate cancer beat… and maybe you have.
But new research reveals something else that may have happened – something you didn’t see, feel or notice at the time.
It was left behind, but not by the disease…
It’s a time bomb dropped into your bodyby the treatment– a remnant that sits quietly, with no sign or symptoms or warning.
Then, one day… BOOM!
You’ve got dementia– and it’s so many years later that neither you nor your doc will connect it to your prostate cancer treatment.
The TRUE TOLL of hormone therapy for prostate cancer
When you’ve got prostate cancer, the treatment options usually range from bad to worse.
There’s surgery… radiation… drugs… and various combinations of the three.
But the new study exposes what might be the WORST risk of the WORST of those options…
Because this one won’t just make you miserable DURING treatment (although it certainly will)—it could come back to haunt you YEARS later.
Yep. You THINK you’re out of the woods. Then one day that time bomb goes off as the new study finds men who’ve had androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer have a higher risk of dementia overall and Alzheimer’s specifically.
As little as ONE DOSE of ADT will increase your risk of either by 19 percent over 10 years.
But the more treatments you have… the more the risk grows.
After four doses, your risk of dementia jumps by 21 percent and Alzheimer’s by 24 percent.
Even if you make it through without dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you’re not in the clear. Patients often struggle with “brain fog” and other forms of cognitive problems for years—and in some cases, never quite feel right again.
All this, for a treatment you probably NEVER should’ve been offered!
You see, in 2014, researchers found NO SURVIVAL BENEFIT for androgen-deprivation therapy for guys with localized prostate cancer.
What’s more, they found the treatment didn’t help prevent or delay the need for secondary cancer treatments, either.
Not that other treatment options are much better.
For low-risk tumors, the best treatment of all might be no treatment at all.
As you’ve read here in House Calls, many men with this disease are opting for “active surveillance,” which is a decision to leave the tumor alone.
Docs can keep tabs on it with occasional tests to ensure it’s not growing.
In most cases, it won’t – and you can live a long and healthy treatment-free life without it ever turning into a problem.