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Side effects of prostate cancer treatment in North Carolina

A 2015 study indicates that a popular treatment for prostate cancer may increase the risk to men in North Carolina and elsewhere who undergo it of developing Alzheimer's disease. The study is fairly broad, so researchers are saying that the finding is that the treatment may be associated with the development of Alzheimer's and not necessarily a cause of it.

Androgen deprivation therapy, a common treatment for those with prostate cancer, lowers patient's testosterone and androgen levels in an effort to reduce tumor growth. However, lower levels of testosterone may also reduce people's cognitive abilities and lead to Alzheimer's disease. Since older men are already at risk for developing this disease, any increase in someone's chances of developing it should not be ignored.

One of the University of Pennsylvania researchers who participated in the study noted in a press release that the study has not determined just how much the additional risk is. The resident also noted that the study in question does not prove causation. With that being said, researchers found that patients who underwent ADT were 1.88 times as like to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's within a median of 2.7 years after the treatment ended than those who had not. Additionally, those who received ADT for more than 12 months were 2.12 times as likely as non-ADT patients to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Many medications and treatments come with side effects, and this particular issue may not necessarily be medical professional negligence. However, a failure to warn a patient of such possibilities may constitute medical malpractice, and a person whose condition has subsequently worsened or who has otherwise been harmed may want to meet with an attorney to determine the remedies that may be available.

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