Prostate cancer is worsened when testosterone and dihydrotestosterone levels are high in the body. Thus, the medical profession has created hormone therapy as one of the ways they treat prostate cancer. This thinking process goes like this: if you can stop the effects of the hormones on the prostate, then the cancer could conceivably slow down or even shrink.
The problem with this treatment is that it’s not complete. It doesn’t address the following aspects of prostate cancer:
- The cancer may have affected surrounding tissues and still needs surgery to remove dead tissues.
- There still may be a perceived need for radiation treatments – and these are not without side effects.
- The cancer – with a mind of its own – can decide to return after the hormone treatments.
- The immune system was never addressed. The reason why people have cancer in the first place is because they have a poorly functioning immune system. In natural healing, one of the reasons is a poorly functioning liver and detox mechanisms as well. Yet hormone therapy does not address either one of these.
- Hormone therapy does not address your underlying nutritional status. The doctor didn’t see whether or not you had high heavy metals that caused the prostate cancer in the first place or whether your immune system problems were the result of low zinc levels, low vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D levels, or even selenium levels.
- What if your prostate cancer was directly caused by these and here you are not even hitting the root cause of the disease with hormone therapy? Obviously, the cancer will return.
- Was the cancer caused by a fungus or virus? Hormone therapy for prostate cancer does not address this cause either.
The Nitty Gritty Details of Hormone Therapy for Prostatic Disease
The reality of hormone therapy can be a bit shocking, as it can be considered a form of castration. The castration could be surgical castration where your testicles are removed.
The interesting thing is that even the American Cancer Society admits that surgical castration is often not enough to stop the growth of the cancer. Well, really this is a no-brainer. If the cancer is caused from other reasons – that were not discovered, the procedure won’t work.
If you choose surgical castration, it can be done as an outpatient. Before undergoing hormone therapy, it is important to acknowledge that it is a permanent procedure and it can’t be undone.
Now don’t get me wrong; there may be some cases where this procedure may be indicated. Only you and your doctor have privy to this information. You can always opt for artificial testicles in the future. But call me a natural healing purist if you like; I still believe that other options are always available and may be a safer alternative.
Another way that hormone therapy is done by the medical profession is by using the luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone, which is LHRH analogs for short. These drugs will chemically castrate you.
This method doesn’t cut out the testicles but you should know that your testicles will shrink to non-existence with this method.
The drug may be injected or you might get implants that release the drug into the area. The drug names used for these chemical or medical castration procedures include Vantas, Trelstar, Eligard, Zoladex and Lupron.
One problem with these drugs is that they can cause an increase in the growth of the tumor and if it spreads to the spine- likely – then you can get spinal pain or paralysis. Doctors will give you additional drugs to prevent the increase in testosterone that occurs initially from the medical castration drugs.
What Happens If You Don’t Have Male Hormones and Are A Male?
One thing you have to consider is what happens when you don’t have testosterone levels in your body. You’re a man and were made to have testosterone levels circulating 24/7.
You’ll end up with symptoms that are quite a bit depressing:
- Feminization characteristics, such as the increase of fat in your body – and since it’s hormonal, there’s no workout that really is going to matter
- Depression – this goes along with low levels of testosterone. Depression means you will find nothing exciting anymore. You will lose the desire to do fun things and life will get stagnant and lonely. Your personality will change and you won’t be fun to be around anymore. Don’t give people credit for wanting to be around you just because you are who you are and you have a long history with them. When your personality changes, others around will change as well.
- No motivation to perform on the job or be competitive anymore. If this is in your personality, brace yourself for a long and hard psychological roller coaster ride as you daily battle this for the rest of your life.
- Tiredness and fatigue
- No sex drive or libido. This one won’t excite your partner.
The Bottom Line on Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Hormone therapy for prostate cancer doesn’t help prostate cancer in the long run. So why do men still consider it? Is it because they don’t see any other options? What are the options?
Again, the answer goes back to you searching online – and on our website for the answers. What have other men done for the same condition you are experiencing? You want to know what the men who were mentally tough and said “No, I will NOT go this route. I will search and search until I find an answer. I will not give in.” Some of these men are on our site.
They have changed their lifestyle habits. They changed their diet. They started supporting their body with the nutrients that it needs. They chose NOT to do things that might harm them in some way. You can do the same.
While it can be easy to reach for surgery as a solution, it should be remembered that any surgery, including prostate surgery, can result in negative side effects.
Making changes to your lifestyle, by incorporating a healthy diet and physical activity, could help to prevent the development of prostate problems in the first place. Prostate cancer is a slow growing cancer, so for low-grade prostate cancer, other options such as active surveillance may be an alternative and safer option.
Dr. Donna Schwontkowski received a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.), from the National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, IL, in Dec. 1990. In addition to running a medical practice, Dr Donna has had a long and distinguished career as a medical teacher, both running courses at various universities and also as a published author of several books and as a television presenter on health issues.
Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer. American Cancer Society. Accessed online Sept. 3, 2018. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/treating/hormone-therapy.html
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