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Study: Prostate cancer treatment linked to higher rate of colon cancer | University of Michigan Health System
By Dross at 2010-11-16 03:48
Study: Prostate cancer treatment linked to higher rate of colon cancer | University of Michigan Health System

NN ARBOR, Mich. — Men treated with hormone-based therapy for prostate cancer faced a 30 percent to 40 percent higher risk of colorectal cancer, compared to patients who did not receive this treatment, according to a new study.

 
The study looked at use of androgen deprivation therapy, a common type of treatment for prostate cancer that involves blocking the male hormone testosterone through either surgical removal of the testicles or a series of injections. It’s been shown to benefit men with advanced cancers, but its benefit for less-advanced disease is unclear. Still, more than half a million men in the United States currently receive this therapy.
 
Researchers looked at data from 107,859 men aged 67 and older with prostate cancer, identified through the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results and Medicare linked database, which provides information about older adults with newly diagnosed cancer. Results of the study were published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.


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