Studies show that men who receive hormone deprivation therapy for prostate cancer have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis and broken bones. Hormones such as testosterone protect against bone loss. So, once these hormones are blocked, bone becomes less dense and breaks more easily.
Hormone deprivation therapy is one of several treatment options available to men with prostate cancer. Traditionally, it has been used mainly to treat prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. But because men are more likely today to be diagnosed in the early stages of prostate cancer, more of them are opting to be treated with hormone deprivation therapy earlier in the course of the disease.
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