Prostate Cancer Treatment ADT Could Help With COVID-19

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Data has shown that men are at a higher risk of contracting a novel coronavirus infection as compared to women. In a positive development, a new study suggests that androgen-deprivation therapy used against prostate cancer could also protect against COVID-19 and slow the progression of the disease.

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The authors observed a 1.8 times higher risk of COVID-19 infections in men who were cancer patients, as compared to the general male population. They also developed a more severe infection. However, an exception was noted with prostate cancer patients receiving androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT).  Out of 5,273 men with prostate cancer on ADT, only four had developed COVID-19. Moreover, none of them died.

“Patients with prostate cancer receiving androgen-deprivation therapies had a significant four-fold reduced risk of COVID-19 infections compared to patients who did not receive ADT. An even greater difference was found when we compared prostate cancer patients receiving ADT to patients with any other type of cancer; there was a more than a five-fold reduction in risk of infection among the prostate cancer patients on ADT,” said Professor Andrea Alimonti, Università della Svizzera Italiana, one of the authors of this study.

The research suggests the possibility of using ADT as a part of the solutions being developed to tackle COVID-19, especially in men. The subjects of this study were based in the Veneto region in Italy.

The research paper has been published in the Annals of Oncology journal.

For the latest updates on COVID-19, please visit the CDC link and the NIH link.

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Prachee is a content writer for Organic Facts and is responsible for writing on the latest wellness trends. A former Journalism & Media teacher, she prides herself on being able to seamlessly dabble between health, science, and technology. She has completed her Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Pune, India as well as an online course on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. Prachee fancies herself to be a poet and a cook when the rare lightning of inspiration strikes.

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