By MaleProstateHealth • March 6, 2016 • Comments Off on Enlarged prostate hormone treatment
There are two main types of enlarged prostate symptoms: storage and void symptoms. Storage symptoms include urgency, urinary frequency, and similar. Voiding symptoms include hesitancy, dribbling, weak urinary stream and similar. Although a swollen prostate does not necessarily indicate prostate cancer, knowing what to look for can assist in early detection and treatment.
Generally prostate treatment begins with lifestyle changes (including diet, frequent urination, sitting on firm surfaces, avoiding cold temperatures) and watchful waiting. Sometimes prescription medications are indicated. Hormonal balancers including alpha blockers and 5α-reductase inhibitors are often used before more invasive therapies and surgeries.
Enlarged prostate symptoms can also be treated with more alternative prostate treatments such as herbal remedies and heat therapies. Saw palmetto is the most commonly used herb to support prostate health. Men report reduction in the size of the swollen prostate with few or no side effects. Heat therapies include electro vaporization, microwave therapy, and laser therapy.
Surgical intervention is the most invasive treatment for prostate problems and is usually reserved for cases requiring prostate cancer treatment. Most men prefer to seek any and all alternative therapies before such an aggressive approach that involves serious, long-term side effects.
Enlarged prostate hormone treatment is also called androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) or androgen suppression therapy. The goal is to reduce levels of male hormones, called androgens, in the body, or to stop them from affecting prostate cancer cells.
The main androgens used in an enlarged prostate hormone treatment are testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Most of the body’s androgens come from the testicles, but the adrenal glands also make a small amount. Androgens stimulate prostate cancer cells to grow.
Lowering androgen levels or stopping them from getting into prostate cancer cells often makes prostate cancers shrink or grow more slowly for a time. But hormone therapy alone does not cure prostate cancer. Several types of enlarged prostate hormone treatment can be used to treat prostate cancer. Some lower the levels of testosterone or other androgens (male hormones). Others block the action of those hormones.
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