What is the research and why is it important?
This focus group study is exploring how men feel about emerging types of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). We will present men with information about injection (the current most common form of ADT), patch and tablet versions of ADT, including key similarities and differences. We will ask men if they were faced with a hypothetical decision between treatments, which they would choose and why.
Trials have recently demonstrated both patch and tablet versions of ADT lower testosterone equally as well as injection forms of ADT. However, implementation of new treatments following positive trial results can take time. By exploring men’s views on these types of ADT, we hope to establish whether there is a demand for access to these treatments. Depending on the results of the study this may lead to further work, advocating access to new ADT options.
We have previously asked a similar question in discussions with men who have prostate cancer and experience of ADT. We would now like to speak to men who do not have prostate cancer or who have prostate cancer but have not had any ADT.