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While androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) can benefit patients with prostate cancer, it can increase the risk of developing diabetes or suffering a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease is the most common noncancer cause of death for men with prostate cancer. It’s especially important for men treated with ADT for prostate cancer to become aware of their cardiovascular risk.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Prostate Cancer Survivors’ Risk of Heart Disease Studied

The 3 million prostate cancer survivors in the United States are likely to die from something other than cancer, thanks to early detection, effective treatment, and the disease’s slow progression.

What survivors need to be more concerned with is heart disease, the most common noncancer cause of death for men with prostate cancer, according to a paper published in Circulation, authored by Vanderbilt physicians.

For this reason, Vanderbilt’s cardio-oncology program is focusing on modulating the risk factors for cardiovascular disease in men, especially those receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to treat their prostate cancer.

“While ADT therapy is of great benefit to many patients with prostate cancer, it may also increase the risk of developing diabetes or having a heart attack or stroke. By collaborating with urology, medical oncology, and the cardio-oncology program, we are better able to determine which patients are most likely to benefit from hormones, and in those who do get hormones, how to better protect their cardiovascular system,” says Eric Shinohara, MD, MSCI, an associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Vanderbilt Radiation Oncology Clinic.

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