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

Published: May, 2009

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.

To continue reading this article, you must log in.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise

New subscriptions to Harvard Health Online are temporarily unavailable. Click the button below to learn about our other subscription offers.

Learn More »