We assessed self-reported health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and longitudinal changes in sex hormones among 86 prostate cancer (PCa) patients without distant metastases 5 years after radiotherapy (RT) combined with ongoing antiandrogen (AA) treatment. HRQoL outcomes were compared with scores from age-matched controls without a cancer diagnosis (NORM). Compared with NORM, patients scored statistically (P<0.05) and clinically (effect size ⩾0.4) lower on sexual domains, and statistically (P<0.05) lower on physical function and vitality. Estimated free testosterone and measured serum estradiol had increased from baseline in most patients, but did not correlate with HRQoL outcomes 5 years after the start of treatment.
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Berg, A., Dahl, A., Bruland, Ø. et al. Definitive radiotherapy with adjuvant long-term antiandrogen treatment for locally advanced prostate cancer: health-related quality of life and hormonal changes. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis 12, 269–276 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/pcan.2009.8
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