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. 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. 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.
This discussion aims at explaining why hormone therapy is used on different people for various purposes. One major benefit of hormone therapy is that it is used in medical applications by making sure that the growth of cells that could be cancerous is slowed down and eventually stopped. This action of slowly stopping how the cells grow is done by changing how hormones perform in the body. Hormone therapy assists patients such as men who are suffering from cancer such as the prostate cancer and women who are battling with breast cancer. Hormone therapy are of different types and when used for cancer treatments, the type of hormone therapy depends on the type of cancer that one is dealing with. Considerations that are made before the application of these hormonal therapy includes; whether the individual already suffers from other medical conditions that would make them at more risk when hormone therapy is used, whether the cancer has greatly developed and whether the type of cancer that one is diagnosed with.
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. This makes it manageable since patients have a range of options that they can choose from when looking for treatment for cancer.
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. Some symptoms that women may have during this time include experiencing hot flashes and sweating, disturbed sleep as well as vaginal dryness,However, hormone therapy helps ease them.
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.