The Effects Of Childhood Cancer Treatment On Testosterone

(Last Updated On: April 29, 2019)

Treatment For Childhood Cancer Could Cause Low Testosterone In Later Life

A report published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has highlighted a direct link between adult survivors of childhood cancer and reduced levels of both testosterone and estrogen.00099619-008, 06-13-03, campus, campus exterior, logo, Jere Parobek

The study followed 747 survivors of certain childhood cancers including Leukemia and brain cancer, whose treatment including brain irradiation….

The point of the study was to ascertain the long term effects of the radiation on pituitary function, – this gland sits at the base of the brain and is largely responsible for the sex hormones testosterone in men and estrogen in women along with those that control our growth, bone and muscle development.

The study revealed that over 50% of those who had received radiation treatment as children and survived the cancer into adulthood were deficient in at least one of the main hormones… over 10% had multiple deficiencies.

When looking at Testosterone in particular, it was found that 11% of the test group had very low levels and for some reason, it was ones white men who were deemed to be at greater risk.

Official guidelines do recommend that anyone who received cranial radiation in their younger years have their pituitary function tested annually.

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