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. The action of hormone inhibition is one of the ways that have been applied in the attempt to slow and stop the fast growth of cancerous hormones. 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. Hormone therapy can be administered through injection, oral medication or through surgical interventions.
There are advantages to using hormonal therapy for specific medical conditions. This discussion will elaborate some of them. One major benefit of hormone therapy is that it is used in medical applications by making sure that the growth of cells that could be cancerous is slowed down and eventually stopped. This is by altering how hormones behave in the body. Those that benefit from hormone therapy are patients who have prostate cancer or even breast cancer: Men and women respectively. 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. The form of hormone therapy also depends with how far the cancer has grown, whether or not the cancer depends on hormones and whether or not the patient has any other underlying health complications.
When one is receiving cancer treatments there could be complications that develop during the process of getting help, hormone therapy becomes really helpful in this situations because it helps manage some of the symptoms of the disease. This makes it manageable since patients have a range of options that they can choose from when looking for treatment for cancer.
Advantages of hormone therapy are also seen when people want to shed some weight by using hormone pellets for weight loss or when women start battling with menopause. Women under hormone therapy during the menopause onset get to be able to withstand the changes that the body goes through because the hormones make this phase bearable.
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.