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Cardiovascular risk during hormonal treatment in patients with prostate cancer

Authors Van Poppel H, Tombal B

Published 2 March 2011 Volume 2011:3 Pages 49—55

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CMAR.S16893

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 2


Hein Van Poppel1, Bertrand Tombal2
1
Department of Urology, University Hospital, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; 2Department of Urology, University Hospital, UC Louvain, Brussels, Belgium

Abstract: The objective of this review is to provide information on cardiovascular risk following androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) in prostate cancer patients and to suggest potential prevention and management strategies. Androgen deprivation therapy can cause peripheral insulin resistance, increase fat mass and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and induce type 2 diabetes. While recent studies have reported an association in patients with prostate cancer between ADT and increased risk of cardiovascular events, other studies have not detected the association. However, at this time, it is plausible that ADT could increase cardiovascular risk because of the adverse effect of ADT on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. It is advisable that prostate cancer patients in whom ADT is initiated be referred to their physician, who will carefully monitor them for potential metabolic effects. Therefore, physicians should be informed about these potential side effects. This especially applies to men aged >65 years and those with pre-existing cardiovascular comorbidities. Adopting a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and regular physical activity is recommended. Patients with cardiovascular disease should receive appropriate preventive therapies, including lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, glucose-lowering, and antiplatelet therapy. ADT should preferably not be unnecessarily administered to prostate cancer patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease, certainly not to those in whom the risk of prostate cancer-specific mortality is low. The physician should carefully weigh the potential benefits of ADT against the possible risks in individual patients with prostate cancer.

Keywords: androgen-deprivation therapy, cardiovascular disease, complications, prostate cancer

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