Men who survive treatment for male cancers may be left with suboptimal levels of the hormone testosterone, leading to a lower quality of life, say researchers in the United Kingdom. To counter this, they suggest that young men who are diagnosed with testosterone insufficiency after cancer would likely benefit from testosterone supplements.
Researchers studied 389 young men, 176 of whom had been successfully treated for a male cancer. The researchers were looking for a connection between between testosterone levels, quality of life, self-esteem, fatigue and sexual function. The results of the study were published recently in the medical journal, Cancer.
It turned out that young men who survived male cancers did have a reduction in their quality of life, lower energy levels and a lower quality of sexual function, but this was worsened in men who had lower levels of testosterone. This led the researchers to believe that administering hormone replacement therapy could improve the issues that may be problems for young men in this situation.
More research will follow.