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Research findings show that men with prostate cancer who have their testicles surgically removed or undergo testosterone deprivation therapy for prostate cancer tend to have a reduced verbal memory. Their encoding of information is the same as healthy men, it is just the retrieval process that has difficulties. This problem is also evident in some Alzheimer’s and stroke sufferers. The goal now is to develop treatments that do not produce these side effects. A study where estrogen was used as a testosterone inhibitor found that this method had less detrimental cognition effects than the normal testosterone deprivation treatment.
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About: Testosterone deprivation treatment in prostate cancer patients causes memory impairment
Date: 25 October 2004
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