Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy May Increase Heart Risk

News — By on February 16, 2010 at 6:10 am

While hormone therapy is beneficial for many men with prostate cancer, there is growing concern that it may increase heart disease risk factors, according to a report by leading health organizations. The report, written by experts from the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the American Urological Association, summarizes current research on the topic and recommends men discuss the risks and benefits of the treatment with their doctor.
Because the androgens produced by the testicles stimulate prostate cancer growth, doctors sometimes prescribe hormone therapy to block or lower androgen levels. Lowering those levels doesn’t cure the cancer, but it can shrink prostate tumors or slow their growth.

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