In case we were over complacent in knowing various side effects, these are listed in this article found at www.pcf.org
(use there search bar to get the info on various PCa issues). There is high risks percentages of various heart related issues for us patients on hormone therapies, just what you like to hear (yeah). It is just to bad that some of us have little choice but to take such drugs in the fight against PCa, although some choices exist and presumably all have some sort of risks and side effects.
Here is some excerpted info:
The men were followed for an average of three years and monitored for ischemic heart disease, heart attacks, arrhythmia, and heart failure.
"We found that prostate cancer patients treated with hormone therapy had an elevated risk of developing all of the individual types of heart problems and that they were more likely than normal to die from those causes," study lead author Mieke Van Hemelrijck, a cancer epidemiologist at King's College in London, England, said in the news release.
Specifically, hormone therapy was associated with a 24 percent increased risk of heart attack, a 19 percent increased risk of arrhythmia, a 31 percent increased risk of ischemic heart disease, and a 26 percent increased risk of heart failure, the researchers found. The increased risk of heart disease began a few months after the men began hormone therapy.
The study also found that hormone therapy was associated with a 28 percent increased risk of fatal heart attack, a 21 percent increased risk of dying from heart disease, a 26 percent increased risk of death from heart failure, and a 5 percent increased risk of fatal arrhythmia.
"In a more detailed analysis by type of hormone therapy, the lowest increase in risk for ischemic heart disease, heart attack and heart failure was seen in the group taking anti-androgen therapy, and we saw no increase in risk of death from heart disease in this group. Patients on gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist therapy had the highest risk of these problems," Van Hemelrijck said.
The findings suggest that physicians should consider heart-related side effects when prescribing hormone therapy for prostate cancer patients and may want to refer patients to a cardiologist before the start of hormone therapy, the researchers stated.
Not what we want to hear as patients, might as well know all possible side effects asap, so as to have a heads up, even though it may not serve us that much. Would say pay attention to your heart risks, blood pressures, pains, breathing related issues, stamina or such things. Where is Ponce De Leone (or whomever) and our fountain of youth? These percentages were far higher than I imagined.
Dx-2002 total urinary blockage, bPsa 46.6 12/12 biopsies all loaded 75-95% vol.; Gleasons scores 7,8,9's (2-sets), gland size 35, ct and bone scans look clear- ADT3 5 months prior to radiations neutron/photon 2-machines, cont'd. ADT3, quit after 2 yrs. switched to DES 1-mg, off 1+ yr., controlled well, resumed, used intermittently, resumed useage