Prostate Cancer, Use of Androgen Deprivation Therapy, and Cognitive Impairment: A Population-based Study

Hector J. Alonso Quiñones, Bradley J. Stish, Clinton Hagen, Ronald C. Petersen, Michelle M. Mielke

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Introduction:The association of prostate cancer and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) use with the odds of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) was determined in men from the population-based Mayo Clinic Study of Aging (MCSA).Methods:The study included 2513 men (mean age of 73.1 y) enrolled in the MCSA. A history of prostate cancer, ADT use, and length of ADT exposure before their first MCSA visit was abstracted using the Rochester Epidemiology Project medical records-linkage system. MCI was diagnosed at the baseline visit. Logistic regression was used to determine whether prostate cancer and ADT use was associated with odds of MCI.Results:Of the 2513 participants, 349 (13.9%) had a history of prostate cancer; among whom 99 (28.3%) were treated with ADT before MCSA enrollment. There were 382 (15.2%) with a diagnosis of MCI. In the univariate logistic regression models, prostate cancer (odds ratio, 1.50; 95% confidence interval, 1.12-2.00), and ADT exposure (odds ratio, 1.57; 95% confidence interval, 0.96-2.58) were associated with higher odds of MCI. These associations were greatly attenuated and not significant in multivariable models.Conclusions:Neither a diagnosis of prostate cancer nor ADT use was associated with odds of MCI in this cross-sectional population-based study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-121
Number of pages4
JournalAlzheimer disease and associated disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • androgen deprivation therapy
  • case-control study
  • dementia
  • prostate cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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