Hot flushes are a common side effect of hormone therapy. They can be similar to the hot flushes women get when they're going through the menopause. They may happen suddenly without warning or they may be triggered by stress, a hot drink or a change in the temperature around you.
Hot flushes can vary from a few seconds of feeling overheated to a few hours of sweating that can stop you from sleeping or cause discomfort. Some men may not be worried by them, but others find them very disruptive and difficult to deal with. If your hot flushes are affecting your everyday life, speak to your doctor or nurse.
There are a number of things you can do to help manage hot flushes. These include lifestyle changes, drug treatments and complementary therapies. You can read more about hot flushes in our online fact sheet, or in our booklet Living with hormone therapy: a guide for men with prostate cancer.