Cardio-Oncology: Prostate Cancer Treatment and Your Heart

Before starting androgen deprivation therapy, be sure to talk with your care team about your heart health.

If you have prostate cancer, hormone therapy may be part of your treatment. Stopping some hormones can prevent the growth of cancer cells. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) includes surgery or medicines that aim to block the effects of male hormones such as testosterone—called androgens—that can cause cancer cells to grow and spread.  

This therapy can make developing cardiovascular disease (heart and blood vessel problems) more likely. It also can make existing heart disease worse.

Use this resource to learn how hormone therapy can affect your heart, how to prevent heart disease, and questions to ask your doctor. 

Published: September 2019
Authors: Brian Welford, MD
Medical Reviewers: Karen Smith, MD; Lavanya Kondapalli, MD; Gerald Green; Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, FACC

These modules were developed in collaboration with the Eastern Cooperative Group—American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ECOG-ACRIN) Cardiotoxicity Working Group and Patient Advocacy Group.

Infographic: Cancer Treatment and Your Heart