Hormones are chemicals produced by the body that circulate the bloodstream in order to regulate the body’s functions examples include cortisol, insulin, estrogen, and testosterone. Research has over the years shown that some cancerous tumors do in fact rely on some hormones for growth. One way that has been used to make the spread of cancerous growths slower is by inhibiting the hormones that they rely on. The way that this process of hormone inhibition is done is by taking precautions that will make the hormones not to function in the way that they are designed to or by making sure they are not produced at all. Ways used to administer hormone therapy is through surgical operations, medication is given orally as well as injecting the hormones directly into the body.
This discussion aims at explaining why hormone therapy is used on different people for various purposes. In cancer treatments, hormone therapy has great advantages because it slows down and eventually stops cancer from recurring by eliminating any chance or opportunity that would make cancerous growth continue to develop. Changing the way that hormones affect the cells in the body is a way that is used to slow down the progression of cancer. Hormone therapy assists patients such as men who are suffering from cancer such as the prostate cancer and women who are battling with breast cancer. Different forms of cancer determine the type of hormone therapy that one will be subjected to, it is therefore very important to seek medical assistance during hormone therapy. Considerations that are made before the application of these hormonal therapy includes; whether the individual already suffers from other medical conditions that would make them at more risk when hormone therapy is used, whether the cancer has greatly developed and whether the type of cancer that one is diagnosed with.
Another benefit of hormone therapy is that it reduces some symptoms of other diseases as well as the symptoms developed when one suffers from cancer and helps make the medical issue manageable. Hormone therapy, therefore, provides alternative forms of treatment that the patients can choose from.
Hormone therapy is also used to help women during the onset of menopause or even when they want to lose weight when they start to use hormone pellets for weight loss. Some symptoms that women may have during this time include experiencing hot flashes and sweating, disturbed sleep as well as vaginal dryness,However, hormone therapy helps ease them.
Hormone therapy just like an alternative form of cancer treatment has risks associated with it but this chapter has been able to elaborate why hormone therapy is good.