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If you’ve not heard of Triptorelin, it’s a drug that treats prostate cancer in its advanced stages – a type of cancer that hardly gets much press as lung cancer. There’s a good reason too: the use of tobacco is responsible for almost 22% of cancer-related deaths in men. Yet even non-smokers can find themselves battling with cancer given that there are almost 100 types of cancers. In particular, we’re talking about in the form of prostate cancer.
This type is known to be the type of cancer that American men die from most after lung. In fact, it is a statistic that has been found to hold true in other parts of the world as well.
What is Prostate Cancer?
So, what is prostate cancer? Does it matter? How can you treat it?
These are some of the questions that people might ask especially when coming across this type of cancer.
While breast cancer affects only women, prostate cancer does no differently with men. Shaped like a walnut and located just below the urinary bladder, its function is to produce an alkaline, milky white fluid that is part of the semen.
Following which, it should be apparent that prostate cancer is nothing but the condition in which this gland is affected by cancer. In most cases, prostate cancer is not only slow growing but also show no symptoms at the outset. The only unfortunate thing is that these cancer cells can then spread to the bones and lymph nodes too.
Of course, not all patients diagnosed with prostate cancer die from it and almost 99% of the cases are said to be males above the age of 50 years. So, along with age, race and family history are reasons why one gets prostate cancer.
That, of course, does not mean that treatment isn’t necessary. Ideally, detecting it in its early stages is best but there are ways to treat this cancer even if it has progressed to the advanced stage. Which brings us to Triptorelin, a hormone therapy drug that is used just for this purpose as it can inhibit the release of testosterone – something that is necessary for the cancer to grow.
How Triptorelin Works
As mentioned earlier, this drug stops the production of testosterone indirectly as it reduces the release of gonadotropins such as the luteinizing hormone (LH) as well as the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) too. In other words, testosterone levels are reduced in men. Not very differently, since it can stop producing estrogen, it can used as a treatment for breast cancer as well.
So, how does one take a dose of Triptorelin?
You can take it as an injection into a muscle or even just under the skin of your stomach every 1, 3 or 6 months.
As for side effects, some of the most common ones that occur in 1 out of 10 men include low libido, tiredness and fatigue, painful joints, itching, skin rashes, a high temperature, hot flushes and sweats, impotence and eve breast tenderness and swelling.
There are also temporary side effects that occur such as back and bone pain, pain or difficulty in passing urine, bloody urine or even a feeling of pins and needles in one’s legs. Just consult your doctor or a nurse if you feel any of these temporary side effects associated with Triptorelin.
Of course, it’s important to avoid such a drug if you are allergic to GnRH, other GnRH agonists or other ingredients in Triptorelin. Another instance in which yu should avoid such a drug is if you are or may become pregnant or are currently breastfeeding. So, is there anything that you’d like to add about Triptorelin? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.