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This is a good question, Lloyd. Hormone therapy, also called androgen suppression therapy, reduces the levels of male hormones, called androgens, in the body, to stop them from fueling prostate cancer cells. The most well known androgen, of course, is testosterone. I'd like to bring fellow members @waynen @norske46 @john57 @ken82 and @klaken into this discussion too.

I would've thought taking testosterone supplements after prostate cancer would be playing with fire, especially after trying to suppress the production of testosterone. But to my surprise, it is being studied. The jury is out on whether it is safe and under what conditions. This article explains more:
– Can You Take Testosterone If You Have Prostate Cancer? https://www.verywellhealth.com/can-prostate-cancer-patients-take-testosterone-4135428
– [Study 2019] Impact of testosterone replacement therapy after radical prostatectomy on prostate cancer outcomes. https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2019.37.7_suppl.100

Lloyd, if I'm reading your timeline right, you finished prostate cancer treatments about 7 years ago (prostectomy, radiation, and hormone therapy). Now you're wondering if it's safe for you to take testosterone. Have you discussed this with your oncologist?

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We haven't discussed adding back testosterone. I am currently working to contain and suppress the cancer. I don't want anything to get in the way of that.

ONCOLOGIST DOES NOT RECOMEND BUT WOULD GIVE ME A SCRIP IF I WANTED TO TRY IT..I WAS TOLD AFTER MY LAST RADIATION THAT I CAN'T HAVE ANY MORE ..SO IF IT CAME BACK I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU WOULD CONTROL IT.. MY GENERAL DOCTOR TOLD ME TO TRY IT. HE THINKS SOMETHING ELSE AT MY AGE OF 84 WILL GET ME BEFORE THE CANCER. A REAL GUESSING GAME……….