What are the ASCO treatment guidelines for vasomotor symptoms in male cancer survivors?

Updated: Feb 28, 2018
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; more...
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Men with vasomotor symptoms should be offered medication for symptomatic improvements, according to ASCO. Options would include venlafaxine, medroxyprogesterone acetate, cyproterone acetate, and gabapentin. Acupuncture may be a suitable alternative, as may be other integrative medicine options, such as slow-breathing techniques and hypnosis, as evidence demonstrates clinical benefit in women, and extrapolation to men appears reasonable. Psychosocial counseling (cognitive-behavioral therapy) may provide a benefit and reduce vasomotor symptoms and should be offered. [21]


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