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Hormones increase side effects, complicate treatment decision for prostate cancer patients

ad moderate to severe side effects.

"The use of short and long-term androgen deprivation appears to significantly increase the risk of moderate to severe GU and GI side effects, but we know that hormone therapy can extend the lives of men with advanced disease," Feigenberg concluded. "These results make the balance of survival versus quality of life more difficult for patient decision making."

Other authors of the study include Alexandra L. Hanlon, Ph.D., Eric M. Horwitz, M.D., and Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D., of Fox Chase Cancer Center.


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Contact: Karen Carter Mallet
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215-728-2700
Fox Chase Cancer Center
21-Oct-2003


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