Some of the latest research seems to indicate that testosterone therapy may even be an effective cancer treatment!
A recent report out of the UK claims that doctors “cured” a man of prostate cancer, by “shocking his tumors to death with testosterone.”
If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you probably have seen posts presenting research about no increased risk of cancer with testosterone therapy. Furthermore, we presented evidence that indicates testosterone replacement therapy may actually reduce the risk of certain cancers., which it seems like others are discovering also.
The Latest Research on Cancer and Testosterone
The patient was among those in a clinical trial designed to see the effects of massive amounts of testosterone on prostate cancer tumors. This avenue of research may seem at first counter intuitive because prostate cancer cells are known to thrive on testosterone.
Traditional treatments for prostate cancer, all center on depriving the cancer cells of testosterone. But, Professor Sam Denmeade, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, who led the study, said the idea was to cause the cancer cells to “shut down,” by overloading the system. “Our goal is to shock the cancer cells by exposing them rapidly to very high levels of testosterone followed by very low levels of testosterone in the blood.” He says their results have been “unexpected and exciting.”
Speaking to the London Telegraph, he went on to say, “I think we may have cured one man whose PSA dropped to zero after three months and has remained so now for 22 cycles. His disease has all disappeared.”
All of the patients in the trial had advanced prostate cancer that had been resistant to the two most commonly used prostate cancer drugs. Denmeade’s concept was to alternatively bombard the men’s bodies with massive amounts of testosterone, and then give them drugs to rapidly drop those levels. His idea was that he would “shock” tumor cells to death by flooding them with the testosterone they feed on, and then suddenly removing it. It seems he was right!
Prof. Denmeade said it is still not clear how the treatment worked, but he knows that the “overdose” of testosterone destroyed the cancer cells’ ability to reproduce. He admits further study and larger scale trials are needed, but this is indeed an intriguing line of research!
The Many Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
Whether or not we will see the day when high-dose testosterone becomes an approved treatment for prostate cancer remains to be seen. But, in the meantime we do know a lot about the many benefits of testosterone therapy for men with low testosterone, also known as “Low-T.”
Testosterone therapy, is designed to replace what time and aging takes away.
It can be given to you in a number of ways, including: hormone replacement pellets, injections, skin-patches, creams, lozenges, or any combination thereof. You and your doctor will decide together which delivery method is best for your needs and lifestyle.
Do I Have Low Testosterone?
When it comes to the production of testosterone, most men hit their peak around the age of 17. Levels will hover pretty close to that maximum through your 20s, and then slowly start to drop-off in the 30s and 40s. By the time you are in your 80s, you can expect that your testosterone level will be as much as 50% less than what it was when you were in your 20s.
Some guys can handle declining testosterone very well, and the drop in production does not impact their lives too greatly. But for most men, as you hit your 50s, 60s and older, you may start to feel the impact of Low-T. It may not be noticeable at first, you may think that feeling a little low, or more tired, or depressed, is just “getting older.” But in reality, what you are experiencing could be low testosterone.
Symptoms of Low-T include:
- An overall sense of loss of drive, or vitality
- Mood swings
- Erectile dysfunction and other sexual issues
- Loss of energy
- Loss of muscle tone and increased belly fat
- Memory and other cognitive issues
If you are a man over 40, and you are experiencing any of these, you may have low testosterone. However, the only way to truly determine if you have an imbalance of one or more hormones related to your vitality, is with proper diagnosis and analysis.
The most accurate way to evaluate your hormone levels is with a blood test. Although saliva swab tests are used by some healthcare providers, blood tests provide a much more accurate result, and are the best way to determine whether Testosterone Therapy is medically indicated.
Once your blood is drawn, sophisticated laboratory testing is then used to accurately determine whether your hormone levels are normal or have become deficient.
Remember, what is normal for you, may be different for someone else, and that is why we use the latest in diagnostic tools, and our years of expert analysis to determine the course of action that is most appropriate for your individual needs.
Only then will we be able to asses if testosterone optimization, or some combination of other optimal aging therapies, is right for you.