-- Randy Dotinga
SUNDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that
prostate cancer patients who undergo three-dimensional
external-beam radiation therapy may be at increased risk of
breaking their hips, but they can take action to strengthen their
bones after treatment.
Doctors already know that treatment with androgen-suppression
therapy can weaken bones in men. And three-dimensional
external-beam radiation therapy appears to boost the risk of hip
fracture in women.
To understand the risk in men, researchers analyzed the medical
records of more than 166,000 prostate cancer patients aged 66 and
older and compared the risk of hip fracture (which takes place in
the area hit by radiation) to wrist fracture (an area of the body
that isn't affected by the radiation).
After adjusting their statistics so factors such as race and age
wouldn't skew the results, the researchers found the radiation
treatment boosted the risk of hip fracture by 58 percent but didn't
increase the risk of wrist fracture.
"Maintaining bone health is an important part of treating prostate cancer patients," especially those on androgen-suppression therapy, Dr. Jeff Holzbeierlein, a spokesman for the American Urological Association, said in a news release. "These data suggest that we might consider taking similar measures with our patients who are receiving three-dimensional external-beam radiation therapy."
The findings were scheduled to be presented Sunday at the annual
meeting of the American Urological Association, in San
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