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Prostate Cancer Therapy May Cause Kidney Failure

An article in the Los Angeles Times reports that a new study in JAMA has found a connection between certain prostate cancer treatments and the risk of acute kidney injury. These prostate cancer treatments consists of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), which lowers levels of the male sex hormones, specifically testosterone. Scientists believe that decreased levels of these hormones discourage the growth of prostate cancer cells. However, this therapy may be linked to kidney injury because sex hormones are also responsible for normal blood flow through the kidneys. The study found that, “Compared with patients who never underwent hormone reduction therapy, ADT patients stood a 2.5 times greater risk of acute kidney injury.”

Read the article in the Los Angeles Times.