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Localised prostate cancer responds better to a combined treatment of radiation therapy and six months of androgen suppression therapy (AST) claims a recent study. The involvement of AST improves survival rates but can have long-term side effects such as osteopenia, memory problems, attention deficits, disrupted heart rhythm, anemia, muscle loss, increase in body fat, hot flashes and impotence. Thus, the study claims that a short 6 month course of AST may provide survival benefits without significant negative side effects.
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About: Short term use of AST to treat prostate cancer provides survival benefits without significant impact of side effects
Date: 25 October 2004
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