Is Testosterone Replacement Safe If I Have Cancer?


September 21st, 2015

It seems like every time you turn around, you’re seeing another ad for the treatment of low testosterone, citing symptoms of fatigue, depression, and decreased sexual function. While testosterone therapy has been shown to help men combat these and other symptoms as they age, it may not be for everyone.

The use of hormone replacement therapy in men with prostate cancer is an issue that has been hotly debated over the years. Numerous studies have been done in an attempt to find a definitive answer, but the results have fallen on both sides of the line. For Sunnyvale and San Jose testosterone replacement patients, the best advice is to take a cautious approach.

Look Before You Leap

By all accounts, if testosterone therapy was the miracle cure for every man who doesn’t feel the same vigor, strength, and libido he did when he was in his twenties, every man over 30 would be on it. Some studies have shown no instances of relapse for patients previously diagnosed with prostate cancer. Others have suggested that, in patients with severe cancer where testosterone was cut to very low levels, the decrease in testosterone was linked with the remission of the cancer. To help yourself arrive at an informed decision:

  • Partner with your doctor: the first step Dr. Sani takes before beginning any hormone replacement therapy is doing the necessary blood tests to determine where your hormone levels are at and if therapy could help
  • Discuss your cancer history: for cancer patients with very low risk of relapse, most doctors feel that T therapy poses no additional risk, however high-risk patients will want to carefully assess their situation before proceeding
  • Decide what’s most important: if you’re suffering from low testosterone, you can experience a number of life-enhancing benefits from replacement therapy, regardless of the cancer – it’s really a matter of whether you and your doctor feel the potential benefits outweigh the risks

If you have a history of cancer and are wondering if hormone therapy is safe for you, Sunnyvale and San Jose testosterone replacement expert Dr. Omeed Sani can help you make the most informed decision possible. Call 408.636.7101 today to schedule your appointment.

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