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The Continuing Heart and Prostate Conflict

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments at 9:06 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
ProstateThe problem first arose in prevention. Attempting to protect your prostate with a low-carb diet could do a number on your heart if you chose to limit breads but maximize meats. You conquered that, however, by intelligently creating a balanced diet that worked to maintain all facets of health. But your body worked against you, and you are currently being treated for prostate cancer, going through hormone therapy. Since the treatment raises your risk of cardiovascular disease, you are also taking a daily baby aspirin. You feel once again that you have won. You have successfully (if all continues as it should) bested two life-ending diseases. But that’s not necessarily true.

Studies have found that the combination of hormone and aspirin therapy can shorten a man’s life. The two treatments interact, altering liver function to the point that one, usually the hormone therapy, must be stopped. If a prostate-cancer patient does not complete this therapy, he is 3.5 times more likely to die, particularly since this is the most common form of treatment and additional options are limited.

If you are undergoing hormone therapy and regularly taking aspirin (baby or adult), you must consider which treatment is the most beneficial. The aspirin may simply be a means of prevention or a method of pain relief – a tool that while helpful, is not urgently necessary. Should that be the case, you and your doctor may want to consider temporarily halting aspirin therapy until your hormone therapy is complete. If, on the other hand, the aspirin therapy is vital to keeping you healthy and functioning, you and your doctor need to have a different talk. You have to determine what the best path is – what is the option that will keep you alive, because that is what we are all rooting for. That is what is most important.

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