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The EAU proudly presents the launch of the European Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) Educational Program at the annual EAU Congress in Milan

This is a collaboration with the authors of the ADT book and founders of the Educational Programme, Dr. Richard Wassersug, Honorary Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Lauren Walker, a clinical psychologist and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary and Dr. John Robinson, a clinical psychologist and a member of the Genital Urinary Program at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

About the Programme

The Canadian team has developed an ADT Educational Program to help prostate cancer patients manage the side effects of ADT through an interactive program built around the ADT Book. The goal is to help prostate cancer patients improve their quality of life as well as maintain strong intimate relationships while on ADT. The program is designed to help prostate cancer patients to take appropriate actions to reduce or avoid the negative impact of ADT.

Participation in the program begins with a 1.5-hour group educational session, which introduces patients and their loved ones to ADT, the side effects of ADT, and management strategies for these side effects. Participants are introduced to the ADT Book and how to use goal setting exercises to manage ADT side effects. Both patients and partners receive a copy of the ADT Book, which they can then read at their own pace.

The ADT Educational Program team is the recipient of the 2019 Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) Innovation Award, conferred for “the development of quality improvement and innovative clinical, educational, or organizational initiatives aimed at enhancing the performance of psychosocial cancer care or cancer prevention”.

About the book

Androgen Deprivation Therapy: An essential guide for men with prostate cancer and their loved ones is a book for both prostate cancer patients starting on ADT and their loved ones. The ADT Book presents all of the known side effects of ADT, as well as the established evidence-based management strategies for dealing with those side effects. The book addresses adverse physiological effects, such as weight gain, muscle loss, bone mineral density, and risk for diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. As well, ADT can impact patients’ mood, energy level, erectile function, and libido. Men may also lose body hair (arms, legs and torso) and experience genital (penis and testicular) shrinkage. All of these side effects are discussed in this volume.

The book is genuinely a workbook for both patients and partners; it is not just a text outlining side effect management strategies. Thus all of the major chapters have specific exercises to help patients implement management strategies and make specific lifestyle changes. Exercises are also included to help patients and partners to stay close, both emotionally and physically, even when ADT suppresses the patients’ sexual interest and function. There are suggestions for how to remain sexually active despite changes in sexual function and reduced interest in sex. At the same time we recognize that not all men on ADT are partnered and the book addresses their needs as well.

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The programme will be presented during the annual EAU Congress in Milan.

The launch of the book will be combined with a free ESU Introduction Course for Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses.

We thank Astellas Pharma Europe and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. for an unrestricted educational grant to initiate the online ADT Educational Program in Europe.