Mayo Clinic Connect
Jason Jameson, M.D., urologist, at Mayo Clinic in Arizona discusses testosterone and men's health. Learn more about:
Dr. Jameson answered questions following the presentation.
I had a prostatectomy done in 2007 and I am 76 years old and I have been Cancer free since. Can I take testosterone medicine or treatment done on me . I heard that if u had prostate cancer it not advisable to take testosterone as it can bring back the cancer again. Like to hear your comments on that. Thanks –Roy
I would like to invite @wishingtobepainfree to this discussion as you have recently discussed testosterone. Do you have a question you would like to submit to Dr. Jameson for the Facebook Live event?
I am recovering from head & neck cancer (base of tongue). My Oncologist yesterday at my appointment told me that my testosterone may be part of the cause of my severe fatigue. She took lab work (blood) to test. If she thinks I need testosterone treatments, what and how will that be administered?
Is Androgel effective? Is it safe?
My husband is 65, he is now having terrible hot flashes. Could this be from low testosterone?
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Hello @rnic, thank you for posting a question to this Q&A. I hope you enjoyed the video. You may want to also check out the discussion taking place on Connect specifically centered around head and neck cancer, http://mayocl.in/2eskY6G.
At 17:50 of the broadcast, “What we know at this point is that testosterone does not cause prostate cancer. But in your case, the fact you have had a prostatectomy, it really depends on your current status of prostate cancer. If you have had an undetectable PSA since your surgery in 2007, the risk of testosterone is not significant in that case. Studies have shown that men who have been treated with testosterone after prostatectomy, as long as they don’t have active disease, testosterone has not caused significant problems. The decision should be made with the patient and the urologist.”
At 19:50 of the broadcast, “The two cancers where there is a main concern is prostate and breast cancer because of the nature of the cancer in relation to androgens. I am not aware of any specific affects of androgens on head and neck cancers. However, it is always important to discuss with your oncologist and doctors about all medicines.”
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At 20:45 of the broadcast, “It can be. One thing that can occur over age is that your testosterone to estrogen levels can become misbalanced, which may lead to these sort of symptoms.”
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