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Can hormone therapy cause cancer by itself?

Can hormone therapy cause cancer by itself?

Possibly,not typical: The uterus is at risk for precancerous changes or uterine cancer when estrogen is taken without progesterone. This is called unopposed estrogen. After a hysterectomy, no Progesterone is needed. Studies on breast cancer & hormone replacement remain controversial, but most evidence points to Progesterone as the culprit in breast disease. Stay posted as more knowledge about this topic changes often. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

Treatment: Hormone therapy consists of medications that decrease the effects of testosterone on prostate cancer and a man's body. Prostate cancer growth is primarily fueled by testosterone. If testosterone is absent/ineffective, prostate cancer hopefully would stop growing. Hormone therapy has several varieties including pills and injections. Given for advanced disease or at times prior to radiation. ...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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How does hormone replacement therapy to treat menopause symptoms affect the risk of cancer?

How does hormone replacement therapy to treat menopause symptoms affect the risk of cancer?

Not likely: Hormone replacement therapy remains one of the most effective means of controlling and sometimes eliminating these symptoms. Our current thinking is that for healthy women in their 50s -- women who have not had breast cancer or a history of blood clots -- and have been experiencing the symptoms of menopause for less than 10 years, hormone therapy can be very effective for symptom relief. ...Read more

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Is it true that female hormone therapy can increase the risk of breast cancer?

Is it true that female hormone therapy can increase the risk of breast cancer?

Yes: Certain hormones, especially longer use of estrogens, can increase a person's risk of breast cancer. Estrogen is listed as a known carcinogen on the fda web site & there is a class action lawsuit ongoing against premarin (conjugated estrogens). See site: http://m.Cancer.Org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/generalinformationaboutcarcinogens/known-and-probable-human-carcinogens. ...Read more

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Hormone replacement therapy. Estrogen alone increases risk of uterine cancer. Adding progesterone increases risk of breast cancer, but reduces risk of uterine cancer. What's the right balance?

Hormone replacement therapy. Estrogen alone increases risk of uterine cancer. Adding progesterone increases risk of breast cancer, but reduces risk of uterine cancer. What's the right balance?

Individual: Yes, estrogen alone does increase the risk of uterine cancer over time. And yes the whi showed that the combination of a certain synthetic estrogen and a certain synthetic progestin increased the risk of breast cancer. But most specialists do not use those older types of synthetic hormones and with newer medications the risks are lower and different. So a balance can be achieved. ...Read more

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Should women take hormone replacement therapy if they have a history of cancer?

Should women take hormone replacement therapy if they have a history of cancer?

Depends: Women with history of breast cancer may or may not be given the ok to take estrogen. Some endometrial cancer cases can take ht after @ cancer free yrs. Should not affect other cancers. Best to seek counsel with your md. ...Read more

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Can hormone therapy be a bad thing for prostate cancer patients?

Can hormone therapy be a bad thing for prostate cancer patients?

Tradeoffs: Hormone therapy as it is called is actually the process of reducing male hormone levels either chemically or surgically. It is highly effective as a means of controlling prostate cancer, but long term use can cause reduced bone mass, weight gain and possibly cardiovascular side effects. Without the therapy however, there would very likely be more severe possibly lethal prostate cancer issues. ...Read more

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I want to know for how long should I take hormone therapy for prostate cancer after taking radio therapy?

I want to know for how long should I take hormone therapy for prostate cancer after taking radio therapy?

Discuss w urologist: No advice can be given without knowing stage & grade (requires result of prostate biopsy) of your prostate cancer. Was there any consideration of surgery before radiation?. What kind of hormone therapy are you receiving, estrogenic or anti-androgen?. Has there been consideration of castration surgery. Best advice is from a uro-oncologist ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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