Harvard Perspectives on Prostate Disease

Avoiding complications of anti-androgens: A patient's story

Sixty-five-year-old George Lincoln* never suspected that anything was wrong. Aside from some of the typical side effects of hormone therapy for his prostate cancer, such as fatigue, occasional hot flashes, mild weight gain, and a loss of libido, he felt okay. He didn't have abdominal pain, nausea, jaundice, or any other symptoms that might indicate a potentially life-threatening problem.

*Editor's note: To protect his privacy, the patient's name has been changed. All medical details are as reported. In keeping with editorial policy, the patient's physicians are not named. Perspectives' Editor in Chief Marc B. Garnick, M.D., narrates Lincoln's story. He also shares his advice on avoiding a serious, though relatively uncommon, side effect of anti-androgens.

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