Androgen level affected by chemo?


Question from Jayline: How do you know if your androgen level has been affected by chemo?
Answers - Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. You can actually have a blood test that will tell your free and total testosterone level. It has been very popular lately to give women replacement androgens. I would be very careful about using testosterone after breast cancer and certainly think that a woman should have a blood test first showing that her own testosterone is almost down to zero.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Androgen replacement usually only involves a little bit of androgen because a little bit can go a long way when it comes to this hormone.

On Wednesday, February 21, 2001, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Intimacy and Sexuality. Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about how breast cancer diagnosis and treatment affect your sex life.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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