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'Estrogen Can be Used Against Prostate Cancer'

Times of India
3 March, 2010
Washington, USA

Prostate cancer is treated by withdrawing male hormone testosterone from the patient – but while this kills most of the cells, the few that remain lead to recurrent, incurable disease. Now, scientists have come up with an unexpected way to treat the disease, by using estrogen, a hormone normally associated with women – a key breakthrough which they claim could pave the way for new treatments.

According to them, the research provides proof of the controversial concept that estrogens could be good for men and can be used therapeutically to treat prostate cancer.

“The research showed that drugs that activate one of the two estrogen receptors, causes cell death. Most cell deaths in patients with prostate cancer is achieved by withdrawing androgens (male hormones) resulting in castration. Although the bulk of the tumour is removed by castration, some cells remain and these cells give rise to incurable disease,” lead scientist Prof Gail Risbridger said.

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