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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Hormone Therapy (Overview)

Any hormone given from externally (body not being able to make it enough for its own need, or as a form of medication to achieve certain goal) comes under this category. Estrogen in menopause; thyroxine for hypothyroidism, Insulin in dm are all in this category; so are hormones in cancer treatments.


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What is hormone therapy for?

What is hormone therapy for?

Hormone problems: Hormone therapy is a broad term, but applies to lowering elevated hormone levels, replenishing abnormally low levels and treating problems with the normal glands. Hormones are also sometimes used to treat other, nonhormonal disorders. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
10 Doctors shared insights

Hormone Therapy (Overview)

Any hormone given from externally (body not being able to make it enough for its own need, or as a form of medication to achieve certain goal) comes under this category. Estrogen in menopause; thyroxine for hypothyroidism, Insulin in dm are all in this category; so are hormones in cancer treatments.


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Question about menopause hormone therapy. Just saw the latest study, and want to know if I need to be concerned?

Question about menopause hormone therapy. Just saw the latest study, and want to know if I need to be concerned?

Depends: What is the latest study you reference? If you are under treatment you should talk to the doctor who is prescribing the treatment about the study. ...Read more

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What is the lowest topical dose of estrogen that is prescribed for hormone therapy?

What is the lowest topical dose of estrogen that is prescribed for hormone therapy?

0.025mg/day: The lowest transdermal patch is 0.025 mg/day. There are also several topical gels and a spray in this range. ...Read more

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How effective is hormone therapy for growing breast size?

How effective is hormone therapy for growing breast size?

Not Very: Please don't use hormones to increase breast size. You don't get much result and you increase your risk of cancer. ...Read more

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How safe was hormone replacement therapy? Will it come back? >

How safe was hormone replacement therapy? Will it come back? >

Bioidenticals: The women's health initiative study was terminated early for increase in breast cancer, heart attack ; stroke looked at only Premarin (conjugated estrogens) ; prempro which contain conjugated equine Estrogens ; progestin (synthetic; not progesterone). Studies show bioidentical hormones (hormones exactly like those you make) are safe for most people (men need HRT too). Progesterone ; estriol protect vs. Breast cancer. ...Read more

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What is the big deal with bio identical hormone therapy vs normal prescription (beside cost)?

What is the big deal with bio identical hormone therapy vs normal prescription (beside cost)?

Natural: Bioidentical hormones are perceived by many to be less toxic than pharmaceutical manufactured hormones. " don't panic, it's organic" is the mantra of some groups.
Remember hormone supplemention
whether natural or not carry certain risks
associated with their use such as stroke and heart disease and breast and prostate cancer. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of stopping hormone therapy?

What are the side effects of stopping hormone therapy?

Hormones?: Depends - what hormone therapy? - taking it for what? - why would you be stopping? ...Read more

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Why is hormone therapy no longer controversial?

Still a contraversy: Always weights its risks against its benefits. Ht is not without risks. ...Read more

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Is too much hormone therapy a bad thing for prostate cancer patients?

Is too much hormone therapy a bad thing for prostate cancer patients?

It can be.: Androgen deprivation therapy (adt) is used in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Though is can slow progression of the disease, it is associated with significant side effects such as bone loss, muscle loss, loss of libido, and possible increased cardiovascular risk. Intermittent hormonal therapy is now under investigation, as are agents to counteract some of the side effects. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if a transsexual was in accident and hospitalized, unconscious would they continue hormone therapy?

Depends.: That will depend on the seriousness of his injuries. The primary treatment has to do in assuring his physical safety and was that is done, he can discuss his hormone therapy with the physician in charge. ...Read more

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What is hormone therapy for?

Hormone problems: Hormone therapy is a broad term, but applies to lowering elevated hormone levels, replenishing abnormally low levels and treating problems with the normal glands. Hormones are also sometimes used to treat other, nonhormonal disorders. ...Read more

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What's the ideal dose of hormone therapy?

What's right for you: It's an individual thing. There is no standard dose. It's what works for you and has risks that you can tolerate. Talk to your doctor about what is right for you. ...Read more

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What are the claims against hormone therapy?

Blood clots: It slightly raise the risk of developing blood clots and certain kinds of other cancers. This is a detailed discussion which you should have with your doctor who knows your medical issues in detail. ...Read more

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How can I tell if hormone therapy is working?

Hormone working: You cannot tell unless you have some changes in your wellness.
If you have changes you must see your doctor as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Why is hormone therapy no longer controversial?

Still a contraversy: Always weights its risks against its benefits. Ht is not without risks. ...Read more

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What type of hormone therapy is recommended at 60?

Not recommended: Usually hormone therapy is not recommended after age 60, because its risks probably outweight its benefits. ...Read more

Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more