Interactions of aspirin and hormone therapy in prostate cancer
Copyright 2008 by Carol L. Kornmehl. All rights reserved. No part of this article can be reproduced without express written permission of the author.
Prostate cancer is a common diagnosis among men, especially among the elderly. Other medical problems, including heart disease, are common in this age group.
Hormone therapy is a useful treatment for many men with prostate cancer and aspirin has a protective effect against heart disease. As many of these men are diagnosed with heart disease and prostate cancer, it seems intuitive that it should take aspirin and hormone.
Hormone therapy reduces blood levels of testosterone, the male hormone Prostate cancer cells tend to thrive. Aspirin, however, is an anticoagulant that helps prevent blood clots and heart attacks. In addition, hormone therapy may increase the risk of a man having a heart attack while taking baby aspirin seems a reasonable approach to reduce this possibility.
However, a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine evaluated the results of blood tests of liver function in men with both agents. The study included 206 men with localized prostate cancer who were enrolled in a clinical trial to compare the results of radiotherapy versus radiotherapy alone, plus six months of hormone treatment.
Men who have completed six months of hormone treatment was three and a half times less likely dying from prostate cancer than men who received less than the entire course. When liver function tests is considered high, the implication was that the hormone had be interrupted until What tests have been standardized.
As a result, men who took aspirin were more likely to need to stop therapy hormone. Extrapolation of animal data, researchers concluded that the amount of aspirin, which entered the bloodstream was magnified 100 times in men who received hormone therapy.
Whenever a person's treatment, doctors must weigh the benefits and risks of their medical decisions. Therefore, a commitment seems to be: men who take aspirin prevention can only take place within six months of hormone treatment. On the other hand, a man who have a need imperative to abandon hormone therapy with aspirin instead.
The good news is that through the practice of holistic medicine, for example, look at the person whole and not just their medical problem (s), doctors can make the best decisions that affect the aging of the individual.
About the Author
Dr. Kornmehl is a board certified radiation oncologist and author of the critically acclaimed consumer health book, “The Best News About Radiation Therapy” (M. Evans, 2004). She may be contacted via www.RTSupportDoc.com , her website.
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