Does ADT increase the risk of pneumonia?

This study looked at the change that a man who started on ADT might be subsequently diagnosed with pneumonia. The data came from ones 20,000 men in the United Kingdom Clinical Practice Research Datalink. ADT was associated with a 81% increase in the rate of hospitalization due to pneumonia. That increased risked appeared within the first six months of ADT use and stayed as long as the men were on ADT.


Hicks BM, Yin H, Bladou F, Ernst P, Azoulay L. 2016. Androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer and the risk of hospitalisation for community-acquired pneumonia. Thorax [Epub ahead of print] 16 December 2016.