Cancer surivors hormone fear22nd February 2010
Sheffield scientists have said that men who recover from cancer may have problems with their future testosterone levels because of the treatment they received.
The researchers, who published the results of their work in the Cancer journal, looked at 176 former cancer patients and found tiredness and sexual difficulties in the men with the lowest amount of the hormone.
Previous research has suggested that 'testosterone deficiency', caused by chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment, could have an effect on up to 15% of men who survive cancer.
The Sheffield researchers' study is the first of its kind to look at the longer-term consequences of cancer treatment on hormone levels.
The scientists compared the cancer survivors, who were mostly aged in their 30s, with 213 men who had not suffered from the disease.
They found decreased 'quality of life' scores in the former cancer patients, with the most marked difference in the men who were deficient in testosterone.
Professor Richard Ross, the study's leader, said: "This is an important study demonstrating that low testosterone levels are common in male cancer survivors and associated with an impaired quality of life."
"We now need interventional trials with testosterone to determine which young male cancer survivors will benefit from replacement therapy."
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Title: Cancer surivors hormone fear
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 14140
Date Added: 22nd Feb 2010