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Prostate Hormone Therapy

Prostate hormone therapy suppresses, blocks, or eliminates testosterone to slow the tumor’s growth. Prostate Hormone
Therapy

Prostate hormone therapy suppresses, blocks, or eliminates testosterone to slow the tumor’s growth.

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Hormone Therapy Uses

Therapy can slow the tumor’s growth or lower a PSA level; it may be used before, during, or after other treatment. Hormone Therapy Uses

Therapy can slow the tumor’s growth or lower a PSA level; it may be used before, during, or after other treatment.

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Shrinking the Prostate

Surgical castration patients return home the day of the surgery. Treatment is given orally or by injection. Shrinking the Prostate

Surgical castration patients return home the day of the surgery. Treatment is given orally or by injection.

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Hormone
Therapy Effects

Hormone therapy does not destroy cancer but research has shown effectiveness in enhancing other treatments. Hormone
Therapy Effects

Hormone therapy does not destroy cancer but research has shown effectiveness in enhancing other treatments.

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Hormone Therapy
Side Effects

May cause impotence, weight gain, hot flashes, fatigue, loss of muscle mass; and hormone “flare” in LHRH use. Hormone Therapy
Side Effects

May cause impotence, weight gain, hot flashes, fatigue, loss of muscle mass; and hormone “flare” in LHRH use.

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Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy - Estrogen

As a prostate cancer hormone therapy, estrogen is no longer used as much because of the risk of cardiovascular side effects. Many researchers believe that medical and surgical castration is safer and more effective than the use of estrogen, although estrogen will not cause hormone flare like the LHRH agonist. Estrogen is the primary sex hormone for females and the synthetic form of the drug, usually diethylstilbestrol, can be used to treat disease in both men and women.

Diethylstilbestrol acts similarly to estrogen, but in a man’s body, the brain will read estrogen simply as ‘sex hormone.’ Once the synthetic hormone has entered a man’s bloodstream, the hypothalamus mistakes estrogen for testosterone. Because the level of sex hormone appears to be normal, the hypothalamus stops making luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH). Though it is a sex hormone, estrogen cannot fuel prostate cancer cells. The lack of LHRH causes the levels of testosterone to drop to zero.

Estrogen causes increased blood clotting. Patients who opt for estrogen as their prostate cancer hormone therapy run the risk of blood clots in the legs, heart attacks, strokes, and other vascular accidents. Estrogen, however, is sometimes used to augment prostate cancer hormone therapy. The side effects of hormone therapy include cognitive disturbances which can result in poor memory, slower memory, depression, or confusion. Estrogen as a patch that releases low level hormones over a period of time may dramatically mitigate these side effects.

Diethylstilbestrol, the most common synthetic form of estrogen therapy, is available in the United States and is taken as a tablet once a day. Men who opt for estrogen therapy, either as monotherapy or as an augmentation to their prostate cancer, should try to take the dose around the same time every day. Taking a hormone drug around the same time every day ensures a steady stream of therapy for the patient. If a patient forgets a dose until close to the next day’s designated medicine time, he should then forgo the dose from the day before and take the drug only for that day. Patients should not take double doses or extra doses.

Patients who want to consider hormone therapy as their prostate cancer treatment should alert their doctor about other medical problems, such as: blood vessel disease, blood clotting disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, high levels of calcium in the blood, and liver disease. Before starting hormone therapy, patients should always alert their doctors to whether or not they are taking any other type of medication that may interact with the prostate cancer treatment.

 
 
 
 

 
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