New Prostate Cancer Weapon: Estrogen Skin Patches?
Potential way around menopause-like side effects
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 4, 2013 11:55 AM CST
Skin patches may offer a new treatment for prostate cancer.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Today's prostate cancer treatments carry the risk of side effects reminiscent of menopause, but scientists may have found a way around the problem. Estrogen-releasing skin patches appear to be a safer way to treat the disease, scientists found in a study comparing patches to drug injections in 254 patients. The patches are also cheaper than the injections of LHRHa, a drug that cuts estrogen and testosterone production, the BBC reports.

Estrogen has long been known as a potential weapon against prostate cancer, which is often tied to high testosterone levels. But estrogen pills can cause an overdose in the liver, leading to heart attacks or strokes. Experts have turned to LHRHa, but it's associated with menopause-like side effects. As for the patch, "we're not claiming this is equivalent to current therapies yet, but it does look like we are getting castration levels of testosterone," says a researcher.

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onbeshero
Mar 4, 2013 7:30 PM CST
Look for "G Edward Griffin - A World Without Cancer" on Youtube. It has a part about how estrogen plays a role in creating and destroying cancer cells. The documentary is mainly about vitamin B17 which some people say is just crazy talk, which I did until I learned about the history of pellagra and how early Native Americans didn't get it . We really don't understand the true nature of food.
backtooakland
Mar 4, 2013 1:47 PM CST
It's technically 'chemical castration', and not permanent. Once the hormonal therapy stops, things return to normal. And, btw, masturbation does not cause prostate cancer. If anything, it's exercising the prostate and keeping fluids moving through it, which is a good thing, and many doctors recommend regular masturbation. The prostate is prone to infection and accumulates toxins, better to ejaculate them away than to let it linger.
Toon
Mar 4, 2013 12:47 PM CST
Say, should we have a discussion on whether or not insurance should pay for this. I mean isn't this caused by too much masturbation in your youth and too little when you are older? And I know that there are some here who think that if not every policy holder can get certain conditions insurance should not cover it. Why should I pay for it if you can't satisfy yourself the correct amount? (snark)