PREVENTING PROSTATE CANCER
ANCHOR LEAD: CAN A DRUG CALLED DUTASTERIDE HELP PREVENT PROSTATE CANCER? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Dutasteride, a drug many had high hopes for in preventing the development of prostate cancer, has proven disappointing in a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. Ballantine Carter, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says that doesn’t mean the drug isn’t useful for other conditions.
CARTER: There’s no question that the drugs are useful in treating men who have enlarged prostates who also have lower urinary tract symptoms. And those men do benefit in terms of their symptoms, reducing the chance that they will need surgery in the future, and they benefit in reducing the chance that they would go into urinary retention and not be able to urinate. And for men who are taking those drugs I certainly don’t think they should stop but I would not use the drug to treat someone in order to prevent prostate cancer. :30
So if you’re taking dutasteride, talk with your doctor about why. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.