In the latest medical news, the hormone therapy that prostate cancer patients receive can cause depression in most men. Though the results are not alarming, there is still a need to study the matter to keep men away from suffering the consequences not only of the prostate cancer but the treatment itself.
In the researches made, there is a 7% in patients receiving the hormone therapy who suffered depression and only 5% who did not went through the treatment.
Dr. Paul Nguyen did not put the blame on the hormone therapy that caused the depression. However, there were evidences to prove that the two are connected. Nguyen is connected with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital located in Boston as the director.
There are other contributing factors to the depression such as the condition of the cancer, his education and age factor. This was revealed by Nguyen together with his team. Still there was a relationship between the depression and the hormone therapy.
Additionally, Nguyen stated that the length of time that the patients are undergoing the therapy, the risk for experiencing depression is high.
Six percent of the men who underwent the treatment developed the depression and it took place in three years when they were diagnosed with cancer. It escalated to eight percent among men who were under the hormone therapy in a year. The statistics were disclosed by investigators.
The hormone therapy for patients with prostate cancer developed the side effects was studied by Dr. Mayer Fishman, an oncologist in Miami at the Moffit Cancer Center. Fishman together with his team were the ones who saw the connection of the hormone therapy and the symptoms of depression.
Even when Fishman was not part of the research team, he found favor on the research since according to him, it is large and risk factors are stated.
The risks are being laid out to patients that the hormone therapy is a contributing factor to depression.
Nguyen stated some of the reasons why the hormone therapy can cause depression among men:
The mood of the person is dependent upon the testosterone level whether it is increased or reduced. However, he also stated that there are indirect effects of the amount of testosterone levels.
Nguyen stated the different results caused by suppression of testosterone such as hot flashes, weight gain and sexual incapacity. All these can hinder a man from living life to the fullest.
Since testosterone allows the growth of the cancer, hormone therapy has become an option when it comes to the treatment of tumors on the prostate. There was a time when hormone therapy was the immediate solution. However, this option was changed according to Nguyen.
The therapy can be doubly harmful especially on patients who are on the earlier stages of their prostate cancer. Whatever benefits that the therapy can offer will be outweighed by its side effects Nguyen added.
The news in medical field by the NCI or National Cancer Institute recognized that prostate cancer is not a life threatening disease since it is slow-growing. Treatment can come later in case the need arises.
Nguyen also discussed that having prostate cancer will only require close supervision and check for the progress and get it treated. The hormone therapy is not the ultimate solution.
There are different treatments that patients can consider such as radiation and surgery. For patients suffering from high-risk prostate cancer can consider the hormone therapy as it can help in the treatment as it can improve the patient’s survival rate.
Nguyen stated that the psychiatric state of the patient can be of great concern when it comes to patients receiving the hormone treatment as the ultimate solution.
Young and old patients going through hormone therapy can acquire the said depression. However, depression can be treated which is why hormone therapy is still considered by patients. Of the 100% of patients going through the hormone treatment, 7% experience depression. The 93% can prove that the treatment should still be considered.
Older men though prefer being silent about their depression which is why the research is a wakeup call for patients to be more open and vocal about how they think and feel as they go through the treatment process of their prostate cancer.
No need for a medical device news on this as treatment for depression will only be resolved with proper acceptance of the disease and the complications attached to it. Patients just have to be more open and vocal about how they think and feel to keep the depression from worsening and get their prostate cancer treated.