Low testosterone

Click "guidelines" below for the new treatment guidelines on low testo. give them to your GP. Your hormones need checking twice a year after testicular cancer. Unfortunately, some oncologists and doctors seem to think that losing one testicle won't affect our hormones. They are wrong, there's enough research globally now to say that men who've had testicular cancer can suffer from hypogonadism ( low testo) after.

symptoms include - low energy, weight gain, loss of sex drive, poor memory, night sweats,

So take these guidelines with you to your Doctor and ask them to read them and follow up as the guidelines say.

In a large study, 38 percent of 491 testicular cancer survivors had low testosterone levels, known as hypogonadism. Compared to survivors with normal testosterone levels, survivors with low testosterone were more likely to have a range of chronic health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and anxiety or depression.

The study will be featured in a press briefing today and presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

"Because testicular cancer occurs at a young age and is highly curable, many survivors may live upwards of five decades," said lead study author Mohammad Issam Abu Zaid, MBBS, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. "Our findings underscore the need for clinicians to assess testicular cancer survivors for physical signs or symptoms of hypogonadism and to measure testosterone levels in those who do."

Low testosterone can be present at the time of a testicular cancer diagnosis, or it can develop as a side effect of surgery or chemotherapy. While it has been known that low testosterone occurs in a significant proportion of testicular cancer survivors, this is one of the first studies to examine its relationship with long-term health complications in North American patients.

About the Study

This analysis comes from the first 491 patients enrolled in The Platinum Study, which aims to be the largest study of testicular cancer survivors worldwide, with over 1,600 survivors already enrolled and still actively recruiting. All patients received chemotherapy and were younger than 55 when they were diagnosed with cancer. The median age at clinical evaluation was 38 years.

The goal of the Platinum Study is to follow the lifelong health of men who received cisplatin chemotherapy for testicular cancer. Researchers collect health information through comprehensive questionnaires and blood samples, as well as basic measurements like blood pressure and a hearing test. The study also aims to identify genes that may raise the chance of developing long-term health problems, such as nerve damage and hearing loss. The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Key Findings

Among the 491 survivors, 38 percent had a low testosterone level or were on testosterone replacement therapy. Being overweight or obese was associated with a higher chance of having low testosterone, as was older age. The researchers also found a genetic abnormality (in the sex hormone binding globulin gene) that appears to predispose some men to low testosterone, but this needs to be confirmed in larger studies. Survivors participating in vigorous physical activity appeared to have higher levels of testosterone.

Compared to survivors with normal testosterone, testicular cancer survivors with low testosterone were more likely to take medicine for:

  • High cholesterol (20 percent vs. 6 percent)

  • High blood pressure (19 percent vs. 11 percent)

  • Erectile dysfunction (20 percent vs. 12 percent)

  • Diabetes (6 percent vs. 3 percent)

  • Anxiety or depression (15 percent vs. 10 percent)

"Some of these health problems have been previously linked to low testosterone levels among men in the general population and in a few studies of testicular cancer survivors, but this study is one of the most comprehensive to date – we are looking at 15 different health conditions," 

It's important you ask your GP and Oncologist to test your male hormones after cancer