Chemicals that are produced by the body for the purpose of controlling cells in the body function are called hormones, examples of these hormones include epinephrine, thyroid hormone, insulin, and estrogen. 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. Some ways of actualizing this is through making sure that the hormones do not act as they are supposed to at the target sites or making sure the hormones are not produced at all. Administering medication orally by giving hormone inhibiting pills, performing interventions surgically and even giving injections at regular prescribed times is one way of facilitating hormone therapy.
In this chapter, we are going to discuss the benefits of hormone therapy as a form of medical treatment. 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. 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. When caution is not fully taken, hormone therapy may cause more harm than good, the type of cancer, how far the cancer has developed and whether there are any complicated underlying medical conditions are some of the considerations that one should make when seeking these form of therapy.
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. Hormone therapy, therefore, provides alternative forms of treatment that the patients can choose from.
Menopause is a phase that comes with a lot of changes that are most times not comfortable, hence hormone therapy has over the years been used to control the symptoms as well as be used to assist in weight loss. 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.