Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 29, Issue 8, pp 785–791 | Cite as

Risk of diabetes complications among those with diabetes receiving androgen deprivation therapy for localized prostate cancer

  • Marie C. BradleyEmail author
  • Yingjun Zhou
  • Andrew N. Freedman
  • Marianne Ulcickas Yood
  • Charles P. Quesenbery
  • Reina Haque
  • Stephen K. Van Den Eeden
  • Andrea E. Cassidy-Bushrow
  • David Aaronson
  • Arnold L. Potosky
Original paper



Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), used increasingly in the treatment of localized prostate cancer, is associated with substantial long-term adverse consequences, including incident diabetes. While previous studies have suggested that ADT negatively influences glycemic control in existing diabetes, its association with diabetes complications has not been investigated. In this study, we examined the association between ADT use and diabetes complications in prostate cancer patients.


A retrospective cohort study was conducted among men with newly diagnosed localized prostate cancer between 1995 and 2008, enrolled in three integrated health care systems. Men had radical prostatectomy or radiotherapy (curative intent therapy), existing type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and were followed through December 2010 (n = 5,336). Cox proportional hazards models were used to examine associations between ADT use and diabetes complications (any complication), and individual complications (diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic amputation or diabetic cataract) after prostate cancer diagnosis.


ADT use was associated with an increased risk of any diabetes complication after prostate cancer diagnosis (adjusted hazard ratio, AHR, 1.12, 95% CI 1.03–1.23) as well as an increased risk of each individual complication compared to non-use.


ADT use in men with T2DM, who received curative intent therapy for prostate cancer, was associated with an increased risk of diabetes complications. These findings support those of previous studies, which showed that ADT worsened diabetes control. Additional, larger studies are required to confirm these findings and to potentially inform the development of a risk-benefit assessment for men with existing T2DM, before initiating ADT.


Androgen deprivation therapy Prostate cancer treatment Diabetes complications Adverse effects of cancer treatments Epidemiology 



Supported by Grants No. R01CA142934, RC1CA146238 and P30CA051008 from the National Cancer Institute.

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Conflict of interest

RH has received research funding from Novartis and AstraZeneca for studies unrelated to the present study. ACB received funding for a study from Novartis, which is unrelated to this study. SV received funding from GlaxoSmithKline for a project unrelated to this study. MB, AP, AF, MUY, XZ, DA, CPQ declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marie C. Bradley
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yingjun Zhou
    • 2
  • Andrew N. Freedman
    • 1
  • Marianne Ulcickas Yood
    • 3
  • Charles P. Quesenbery
    • 4
  • Reina Haque
    • 5
  • Stephen K. Van Den Eeden
    • 4
  • Andrea E. Cassidy-Bushrow
    • 6
  • David Aaronson
    • 7
  • Arnold L. Potosky
    • 2
  1. 1.Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Population SciencesNational Cancer InstituteRockvilleUSA
  2. 2.Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer CenterWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of EpidemiologyBoston University School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  4. 4.Division of ResearchKaiser Permanente Northern CaliforniaOaklandUSA
  5. 5.Department of Research & EvaluationKaiser Permanente Southern CaliforniaPasadenaUSA
  6. 6.Department of Public Health SciencesHenry Ford Health SystemDetroitUSA
  7. 7.Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Medical CenterOaklandUSA

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