Caring for Your Bones after a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

How do you care for your bones after a prostate cancer diagnosis?

after a prostate cancer diagnosisYou may not be thinking about your bones after a prostate cancer diagnosis, but you should be. Patients with prostate cancer often undergo hormone deprivation therapy. Recent research has found a link between hormone deprivation therapy and osteoporosis. Physician’s Assistant Jennifer Wilson is experienced with the side effects of hormone deprivation therapy. In this video she gives some tips on how to care for your bones after a prostate cancer diagnosis.

Video Transcripts

Jennifer Wilson, PA-C: Here are some recommendations on how to take care of your bones after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

During prostate cancer treatment there are several things you can do to take care of your bone health. There are minimally invasive ones, meaning something that you can do at home. Regular weight-bearing exercise is one of those things. We have shown through the osteoporosis foundation that weight-bearing exercises such as walking or running or lifting weights actually increases your bone mass density naturally.

The other is weight loss. The less weight we have on our bones, the better bone mass we can create in our bodies.

The second thing that most patients forget about are supplements. So the National Foundation for Osteoporosis recommends calcium and vitamin D supplements daily. We also encourage this for our prostate cancer patients.

There are also medications available to help increase your bone mass density. There is one medication called Prolia. This is specifically designed for prostate cancer patients who have had a bone density scan which shows they are at increased risk for having a skeletal related event or skeletal fracture. This medication is given to patients through an injection, so it will be done through your doctors office. It is given twice a year, so once every six months.

The other medication is Xgeva. Xgeva is a medication that is given every four weeks and is specifically designed for patients with prostate cancer who have been diagnosed with metastatic disease, which means they have evidence of prostate cancer outside the prostate, such as in the bone.

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