Improving Bone Density During Prostate Cancer Treatment

What are some benefits of taking medications to improve bone density during prostate cancer treatment?

bone density during prostate cancerBone density loss is common for men who are undergoing prostate cancer treatment. There are several things men can do to help improve their density including changing their lifestyle and taking medications. Physician’s Assistant Jennifer Wilson discusses the benefit of using these medications in this video. Watch to learn how to improve your bone density during prostate cancer treatment.

To learn more about bone density during prostate cancer treatment watch “Caring for Your Bones after a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis” with Jennifer Wilson, PA-C.

Video Transcripts

Jennifer Wilson, PA-C: Here are some benefits to taking medications to improve your bone density while undergoing prostate cancer treatment.

The pros of taking medication for bone health, essentially what we are trying to do is decrease your chance of a skeletal related event. So we want to decrease you chance of getting a fracture of the bone or spinal cord compression. Once a patient gets a fracture, number one, they are at increased risk of getting another fracture. Especially in elderly populations this can be life altering because fractures once they happen, most of the time will require surgical repair. Surgical repair comes with a number of risk factors including development of blood clots, pneumonia, and other possible negative outcomes.

So we want to prevent you from getting a skeletal fracture because then you’re more likely to continue to have fractures of the bone which require hospitalizations, increased time going to therapy to try to rehabilitate, getting people back to their normal daily function.

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