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Originally posted by soficrow
I thought they only did things like this to women.
There are a variety of ways to provide hormone treatments. Hormone treatment might be given as medicines in the form of injections or pills. Drug therapy is used to stop the testicles from producing testosterone and protect cells from any other androgens that remain in the body. Hormone treatment might include:
* The use of various hormones such as estrogen to counter the effects of testosterone
* The use of drugs that block the activity of male hormones
* The use of combined hormone therapy that decreases testosterone production from the testicles as well as from glands located on the kidneys — called adrenal glands — that produce hormones
A popular class of hormone treatment drugs for prostate cancer appear to increase the risk of diabetes according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
For the first time, research shows that hormone therapy, a common treatment for prostate cancer, can raise the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Experts say the study suggests that doctors should be cautious when prescribing the drugs, especially to men with limited disease and a long life expectancy, who may have the least to gain and the most to lose from the treatment.
Research has never proved that hormone therapy can help men with less extensive disease, Keating says. Yet more and more men treated with surgery or radiation for "local" or "regional" tumors — those confined to the prostate or nearby lymph nodes — are taking hormone therapy if blood tests suggest their cancer may have returned, she says. Many of these men have no signs of the disease other than a cancer-related protein in their blood, called PSA.