ADT = Androgen (male sex hormone) Deprivation (get rid of) Therapy. So why do we want to wipe out androgen?
Well, the prostate feeds on a form of androgen known as testosterone. This is produced by the testes. Back in the 1970s surgeons would remove the testicles of men with prostate cancer to slow the growth of the disease. Today tablets or injections offer much simpler ways to shut down the testosterone factories. The injections are sometimes given monthly, but usually they are administered every three to four months, for two years or more.
How can TrueNTH help?
TrueNTH Care Coordinators will explain the therapy for you and your partner (if you have one) and make sure you understand the pros and cons of the medication. Your Care Coordinator will also:
- Set you up with access to our excellent online tool to inform and assist your decisions about treatment;
- Refer you to an Accredited Practising Dietitian for guidance on eating to maintain healthy muscles and bones and minimise weight gain;
- Link you with an accredited exercise physiologist who will put a plan together aimed at enhancing fitness levels, bone and muscle strength; and
- Provide access to expert psychological and psychosexual support to assist with mood issues and/or decreased satisfaction with your sensual life due to loss of libido.