TESTOSTERONE THERAPY MAY BENEFIT SOME PROSTATE CANCER SURVIVORS
Written by , Article reviewed and edited by Dr. Fine M.D.
Published on 17 May 2020
Testosterone Therapy May Benefit Some Prostate Cancer Survivors
Historically, researchers and doctors hypothesized that Testosterone Replacement Therapy was associated with some risks, including cardiovascular complications, increased Prostate Cancer Risk, and other potentially dangerous health issues. On the other hand, studies published in recent years have provided a growing body of evidence that Bio-Identical Testosterone for Low-T is much safer than previously believed, even among many patients that were once considered most at-risk.
For generations, scientists have believed that Testosterone increases the likelihood and severity of Prostate Cancer. In fact, the 1941 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded for research which demonstrated how Testosterone Suppression positively impacted Prostate Cancer Outcomes.
A recent large-scale study calls this notion into question, however. In March, researchers produced evidence at the Congress of the European Association of Urology which suggests that certain patients with a history of prostate cancer can benefit greatly from Bio-Identical Testosterone Therapy. This study focused on patients with Prostate Cancer in remission that were at low risk of recurrence. If this research is further confirmed to be true, it will change the way that doctors think about the use of Testosterone Creams, Patches, and Injections for patients with past experience with Prostate Cancer.
Testosterone Suppression Benefits Prostate Cancer PatientsBut at What Cost?
While there is no dispute that Testosterone Suppression Treatments do protect patients from Prostate Cancer recurrence, there are serious downsides. Research published around the turn of the century unequivocably shows that, while patients have improved outcomes with regard to Prostate Cancer risk, Low Testosterone Levels significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular health issues, leading to a significant increase in mortality risk.
Our bodies are heavily reliant on hormones to maintain optimal health, and major changes in Hormone Balance can have severe and dramatic effects on wellness. Testosterone is essential for maintaining healthy metabolism and cardiovascular function. Patients treated with drugs which suppress Testosterone Levels were directly more likely to have increased deposits of body fat around the mid-section, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and complications associated with diabetes and high blood sugar. Androgen Suppression also led to a decline in quality of life related to Erectile Dysfunction and loss of libido.
Because of this collection of complicating issues, many doctors began to hypothesize that the benefits of Testosterone Therapy likely outweigh the risks for many patients at minimal risk of recurrence post-treatment.
Cal-Irvine Testosterone Study for Prostate Cancer Survivors
In a long-term study conducted from 2008-2011, Thomas Ahlering and his staff at Cal-Irvine studied the effects of Testosterone Therapy upon 152 patients treated for Prostate Cancer via robotic prostate removal. The goal was to help patients experience improved sexual health after prostatectomy. The study analyzed the health outcomes of 834 total patients. Around three years after prostate surgery, patients returned for inspection. Researchers searched for signs of Prostate Cancer recurrence as evidenced by an increase in Prostate Specific Antigen Levels. Elevated PSA Levels are the prime non-invasive indicator of prostate cancer.
Fascinatingly enough, researchers found that patients that received Testosterone Therapy were 1/3rd as likely to experience the return of Prostate Cancer. Five percent of patients undergoing Low-T Treatment showed signs of Prostate Cancer, whereas 15% of those that did not receive therapeutic Testosterone showed signs of the disease.
The significance of the Effective Treatment of Prostate Cancer with Testosterone Therapy
Thomas Ahlering was surprised by the results of the study. He only sought to confirm the safety of Testosterone for Sexual Health among Prostate Cancer survivors, but it appears that Testosterone can have a major impact on overall mortality risk. He explains that Testosterone isn't stopping the progression of Prostate Cancer, but it slows the development of the cancer, extending remission by an average of 1.5 years. This is combined with the highly beneficial impact of Testosterone upon sexual wellness, triglyceride levels, cholesterol, body composition, and insulin sensitivity.
If further study demonstrates the safety and effectiveness of Testosterone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Survivors, then Low-T Treatments may become the norm for these patients in the near future. Numerous studies published in the last decades have increased awareness of the overall safety profile of Bio-Identical Testosterone Treatments for various segments of the male population. When used appropriately and monitored closely, Low-T Therapy appears to be a potential boon for millions of aging men across America, as well as patients with issues which impair their healthy Testosterone Production.
It's important to question the perceived norms regarding Testosterone Therapy so that patients can receive the best results with the best outcomes. For now, patients who've had their prostates removed appear to be in the clear for safe and effective use of Testosterone. In the future, it is inevitable that more groups will be approved for such treatment.
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