Hormone Therapy May Be Hazardous For Men With Heart Conditions-New Study Revealed


Prostate cancer is a malignant or cancerous tumor (growth) that consists of cells from the prostate gland. Generally, the tumor usually grows slowly and remains confined to the gland for many years. Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy in American men and the second leading cause of deaths from cancer, after lung cancer. It is estimated that every year, hundreds of thousands American Men are diagnosed with the said ailment. Indeed, Prostate Cancer is likely to impact the lives of a significant proportion of men that are alive today.

Different types of treatment are available for patients with prostate cancer. Today, Four Standard Treatments are being used, the Active Monitoring, Surgery, Radiation therapy and Hormone therapy while the other forms of treatment are still being studied.

The Hormonal therapy is most often prescribed to treat prostate cancer, as to this is a systemic rather than a local therapy, in other words, it treats the whole body rather than a particular area.
However, a new study just published online by the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, revealed that adding hormone therapy may reduce overall survival in men with pre-existing heart conditions, even if they have high-risk prostate cancer.

In the clinical study t lead by Paul L. Nguyen, M.D., they found out that for men with localized prostate cancer and a history of heart problems, treatment with hormones plus radiation was associated with a higher all-cause mortality than treatment with radiation alone, even for patients with high-risk malignant disease. And even if Hormone therapy was used as support therapy only for men with high-risk disease, the, subgroup of men with a history of heart disease may also be harmed by hormone therapy.

So with this new study, it is highly recommended for men with prostate cancer and has a history of heart disease to talk to their doctor about the benefits and risks of hormone therapy before undergoing treatment.


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