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. One way that has been used to make the spread of cancerous growths slower is by inhibiting the hormones that they rely on. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. Hormone therapy helps make menopause manageable by controlling some changes that develop during this phase such as excessive sweating or even hot flashes as well as preventing one from having a dry vagina.
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.