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Can you use testosterone replacement therapy if you have prostate cancer?

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Guidelines from the Endocrine Society say you should not have TRT if you have prostate cancer or breast cancer.

But some studies suggest that men who've been successfully treated for prostate cancer may be candidates for TRT as long as they're closely watched for signs of disease.

SOURCES:

Urology Care Foundation: "Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism)."

Bassil, N. , June 22, 2009. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

McGill, J. , November 2012. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Endocrine Society: "Testosterone Therapy in Adult Men with Androgen Deficiency Syndromes."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Urology Care Foundation: "Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism)."

Bassil, N. , June 22, 2009. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

McGill, J. , November 2012. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Endocrine Society: "Testosterone Therapy in Adult Men with Androgen Deficiency Syndromes."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 7, 2019

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