The Most Effective Prostate Cancer Drugs
If you've been prescribed prostate cancer drugs, it will usually have one of three functions;
1. Decreasing testosterone: Bicalutamide (Casodex), Goserelin (Zoladex), Cyproterone (Androcur), Flutamide (Euflex), Megestrol (Megace), and Nilutamide (Anandron).
2. Decreasing DHT (dihydrotestosterone): Finasteride (Proscar), and Dutasteride (Avodart).
3. Decreasing estrogen: Anastrozole (Arimidex), Exemestane (Aromasin), and Letrozole (Femara).
Testosterone Does Not Cause Prostate Cancer
Most likely you've heard of testosterone as a major contributor towards prostate cancer growth. There are some problems with this assumption.
Don't you find it interesting; that as a man's age increases and his testosterone decreases, his risk for prostate cancer increases!
If testosterone was the cause of prostate cancer shouldn't you expect young viral 20 year olds dropping off like flies? You don't see this happen of course, but this outlines an important point.
You may be asking... then why are men being prescribed testosterone lowering drugs for prostate cancer? It must surely work? Doctors can't be that stupid!
Testosterone Ablation Therapy: Double Edged Sword
You would be correct. Using prostate cancer drugs to lower testosterone to near eunich levels does prevent the growth of prostate cancer, but only temporarily. It only buys you around 2 years of remission and low PSA results.
Afterwards, your androgen-independent prostate cancer cells start growing, which testosterone guards against in the first place! The stats show; lowered testosterone does not decrease longevity in prostate cancer patients, what so ever.
All it does is decrease your quality of life resulting in greater rates of depression, loss of energy, motivation, and impotence. Not a good way to die... sexless, depressed, and 1/10th the man you used to be.
DHT Unfairly Blamed for Causing Prostate Cancer
Your levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) fall along the same lines of testosterone. DHT is largely responsible for "all things male", including; libido, well-being, motivation, energy, and the usual characteristics of hair growth and a deeper voice. DHT is highest in teenagers, and declines in to old age, as does testosterone.
Since DHT increases prostate size at puberty, doctors have wrongly assumed it also causes growth of prostate cancer. Again poor detective skills. Just like low testosterone, diminished DHT may cause depression, while having no benefit of increased survival.
Lowered Estrogen to the Rescue of Prostate Cancer
Estrogen increases in to older age, which is the same time you are most predisposed to developing prostate cancer.
With the recent addition of estrogen mimicking compounds called phytoestrogens (dietary) and xenoestrogens (man-made chemicals), it has lead to greater estrogen stress from the environment.
Your body doesn't recognize the differance between foods like soy/tofu (phytoestrogens) and plastics/chemicals (xenoestrogens) and real estrogen! This results in uncontrolled growth of estrogen dependent cancer cells.
Prostate and Breast Cancer Similarities
Breast cancer is another form of cancer that is heavily dependent on high estrogen. Is it no wonder the incidences of prostate and breast cancer have sky rocketed in recent years?
If you're not already aware, the above prostate cancer drugs; Arimidex, Aromasin, and Letrozole were all created originally as treatments for breast cancer. Doctors are just getting up to speed on prescribing them for prostate cancer as well.
Sadly the research for prostate cancer is way behind breast cancer. I'm sure you are largely aware, there aren't many fundraisers for prostate cancer. But I'm sure you can count on one hand, the number of breast cancer events run every year in your area.
Stand up for your rights, and get the proper treatment you deserve! Make sure your doctor prescribes the right prostate cancer drugs for you!