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.
NO ONE KNOWS. Although we know that certain cancers can inhibited by turning off the producton of certain hormones(prostate, breast) , however there has been no prospective or retrospective case study demonstrating that hormones cause cancer. The whi study demonstrated slight increase in breast cancer in women taking "horse estrogen but there is no study showing this with the use of bioidentical/human hormones.

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Does hormone therapy for prostate cancer cause mental confusion?

Maybe. Long term therapy with testosterone blocking agents such as lhrh agonist drugs can cause significant fatigue. In patients with high degree of fatigue, mental confusion can be a side effect. Regular light exercise both physical and mental is helpful in many cases. Read more...
Generally - No. Hormone blockade (hb) can cause many problems but they tend to be time related. The longer on hb the more the problems. Hb often makes pre-existing problem worse or accelerates some problems. Hb itself rarely causes "confusion", more often it can cause depression, fatigue, and emotional changes. Only older men on hb for a very long time tend to have true cognitive dysfunction. Read more...

Can hormone therapy for males suffering prostate cancer cause mental confusion?

Unlikely. Unlikely, first other causes like metastasis etc to be considered for mental confusion, before implicating medication. Read more...
Yes, rarely. For the most part, the hormone blockade would not cause confusion. The hormone blockers can make any pre-existing condition gradual worse but they are also reversible. That said, after giving this therapy to >1000 men, only once have i seen someone with pre-existing mental disease have serious rapid worsening. This was fixed by stopping the hormone blockers. Read more...
Possibly. Hormone therapy for prostate cancer, especially over extended long term can cause significant fatigue. This can lead to some degree of mental confusion. Regular light exercise, both physical and mental can help to combat this. Read more...
In some cases. Hormone therapy for prostate cancer, especially over extended long term can cause significant fatigue. This can lead to some degree of mental confusion. Regular light exercise, both physical and mental can help to combat this. Read more...

Can hormone therapy for prostate cancer cause impotence?

It can. Androgen deprivation therapy (adt), or hormonal therapy for prostate cancer, seeks to eliminate androgens like testosterone which can be fuel for prostate cancer cells. Eliminating these hormones can have a major effect on sexual function, such as decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. Read more...

Hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms cause breast cancer?

NO BUT INCREASE RISK. Hormone therapy does not cause breast cancer but it does increase your risk of breast cancer. According to the national nurses health study using hormone replacement therapy for 10-15 yrs increases risk about 20%, if used more than 15 yrs it doubles to around 40%. Talk to your doctor to help you decide how to better manage postmenopausal symptoms. Read more...

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...
In select cases. Hormonal therapy is effective and often used exclusively or in combination with other modalities, depending on grade and stage of prostate cancer. Read more...

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

Depends. If you're referring to testosterone replacement it would be contraindicated for prostate cancer patients. If you're referring to something that blocks testosterone or prevents its production than that is a common treatment for prostate cancer. For more see: http://peedoc.Com/prostate-cancer or @thepeedoc on twitter. Read more...
Just Right Rx. Just right rx is difficult. Side effects of hormone therapy need to be managed. Talk with your doctor about quality of life tradeoff with length of life. Read more...
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...

Is hormone therapy used for those diagnosed with prostate cancer?

Sometimes. Hormone therapy may be used temporarily in conjunction with radiation therapy for intermediate and high risk prostate cancer. In addition it may be used in cases of more advanced cancers for palliative reasons. Most prostate cancers are hormone sensitive but may "escape" these effects during cases of long term use. Read more...
Possibly. A hormonal related medication called a gnrh analog or Lupron (leuprolide) is use with prostate cancer. Read more...
Sometimes. If there is metastatic disease or trying to shrink the prostate down prior to radiation. We use a medication called a lhrh agonist. One of the ones we used is called zoladex (goserelin). It blocks the hormone testosterone. Read more...

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...

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...
Prostate. That's something your urologist must answer. Hope all goes well for the next 50 years! Read more...
Talk with your. Medical oncologist. As this determination is best made based on understanding your entire prostate cancer picture. Read more...