Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)

What is ADT?

What is done? What can I expect? What are the possible side-effects and risks?
  • Androgens are hormones that promote male characteristics such as facial hair, sexual function and muscle mass. Testosterone is the main androgen.
  • Prostate cancer cells need androgens to grow.
  • Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), a type of treatment for prostate cancer, blocks the production or effects of testosterone and other male hormones.
  • ADT is most often used to treat:
    • Cancer that has spread outside the prostate
    • Recurrence of prostate cancer after another therapy has been used
    • Men who are at high risk of experiencing cancer recurrence after surgery or radiation therapy
  • “Hormone therapy” is another name for ADT. Although these terms can be used interchangeably, Prostate Cancer Canada uses ADT (it is more specific to prostate cancer treatment).
  • This therapy affects the whole body rather than a particular area

Watch Dr. Shabbir's Alibhai's Expert Angle Video on Hormone Therapy

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