Sunday, July 01, 2012

Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Raises Heart Risks

(HealthDay News) -- Hormone therapy to treat advanced prostate cancer can increase the risk of heart disease, but some types of hormone therapy appear to be safer than others, new research has found.

The study included 30,642 Swedish men with either locally advanced prostate cancer or prostate cancer that had spread (metastatic cancer), who had received hormone therapy as primary treatment for their cancer.

The study findings were scheduled to be presented Tuesday at the European Cancer Organization meeting in Berlin.

In a news release from the European Cancer Organization, the researchers described the types of hormone therapy used: removal of the testicles to eliminate the main source of testosterone production; injections of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists to reduce testosterone production by the testicles; and anti-androgen pills that block testosterone from attaching to prostate cells. Most of the patients received one treatment, but 38 percent were given two types of drugs, the study authors noted. Read more…

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