Hormones are produced by the body by different organs such as the pancreas and the adrenal glands for the aim of regulating the performance of every cell in the body, these hormones include insulin, testosterone, and estrogen. According to some research, hormones have been viewed as the building blocks for some cancerous tumors because they have shown to have a tendency of relying on them for growth. It is therefore right to inhibit the action of these hormones in order to stop cancer from spreading. Stopping the production of these hormones as well making sure that even if they are produced then they do not cause the intended reaction is one way of inhibiting the functions of these hormones. 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. Changing the way that hormones affect the cells in the body is a way that is used to slow down the progression of cancer. Those that benefit from hormone therapy are patients who have prostate cancer or even breast cancer: Men and women respectively. Hormone therapy is normally incorporated alongside other cancer treatments and the hormone therapy being used depends on the cancer that the patient is suffering from. 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. Having options is very essential when one has to deal with a medical complication, hormone therapy has helped provide assistance for people when they really need it.
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.