How to Increase Bone Mass in Patients with Prostate Cancer

Can you increase bone mass in patients with prostate cancer?

185912707Androgen-Deprivation treatment can increase a man’s risk for developing bone loss. Several hormones protect bones from losing density and testosterone is one of theses. Androgen-Deprivation treatment causes testosterone levels to go down and bone loss starts to occur at an increasing rate. There are some medications you can use to help maintain your bone mass. Certified Physicians Assistant Jennifer Wilson discusses what these medications are and how they work in this video.

Video Transcripts

There are several treatment options available to help increase bone mass for patients with prostate cancer. So with prostate cancer treatment there is an array of options one of the options to treat prostate cancer is what we call androgen deprivation treatment. Which is where you a medication that lowers your testosterone levels. As we lower the testosterone levels it is going to put you at increased risk for developing bone loss. There are several medications that can be given to you on different bases to increase your bone mass, to essentially reduce your risk of skeletal related events which fractures of any bone and spinal cord compression.

These medications, there are two in general, one is called Xgeva. This is an injection, or a shot medication that we give you every four weeks and this is specifically for men with metastatic prostate cancer, which means that the prostate cancer is actually spread to other places in your body besides the prostate. It actually has gone into the bone

So with these patients, they get an injection every four weeks, and this significantly increases their their bone mass by stopping the breakdown of bone mass by stopping the breakdown of bone that is naturally occurring. And it occurs at an increased rate with men who have metastatic prostate cancer.

The other medication is called Prolia. This is a medication specifically designed for men who have prostate cancer and have a bone density scan which indicates they’re at risk for a skeletal related event like a bone fracture. So this medication is given actually only twice a year. Its an injection medication, so its a shot. And these patients get significant increase in their bone mass to prevent them from ever having a fracture.

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