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Living with the effects of hormone therapy

Prostate cancer treatment can affect your hormones. Find out how it might affect you and how to cope with changes in the levels of hormones. 

Male sex hormones

Hormones are substances occurring naturally in your body. Treatment for prostate cancer can affect the amount of sex hormones in your body.

Hot flushes

Hot flushes are sometimes a side effect of having low levels of hormones. 

Sexual problems

Low levels of sex hormones can cause a loss of interest in sex and make it difficult to have an erection. 

Problems with sleeping

Cancer treatments can lower the levels of sex hormones in the body. This can affect your sleeping. 

Breast swelling (gynaecomastia)

Some hormone treatments for prostate cancer can cause swelling (gynaecomastia) and tenderness in the breasts. 

Weight and muscle changes

Weight and muscle changes can be a side effect of hormone therapy for prostate cancer that lowers sex hormone (testosterone) levels.

Thinking and memory

Low levels of sex hormones can sometimes cause changes to memory, difficulty thinking and problems with concentration.

Sex hormones, heart disease and diabetes

Low levels of testosterone can affect your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Bone problems

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer can lower the levels of sex hormones (testosterone) in the blood. This can lead to bone thinning and weakness.

Last reviewed: 
16 Jul 2019

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