Doctors and scientists are always looking for better ways to care for patients with cancer; they are looking for a cure. Cancer research is currently running at full speed, taking advantage of all the technological advances that science has achieved over recent years. But what does that mean in terms of coming up with a cure for cancer?
If you are dealing with hormone struggles, then you already know how much they can affect your day-to-day life. From energy levels to weight, your hormones have a big impact on many factors of your life, especially when they are not in proper balance. What you may not know, however, is that hormone struggles can affect your body in ways you can't see. Those negative effects, when uncontrolled, can even lead to cancer. Here are some common cancers that can have hormonal causes:
Mary was unfortunately plagued with illness throughout her life and her documented symptoms included her periods stopping, she starting to lactate, suffered from increasingly bad headaches and, just before Mary died, she began to go blind. All of these symptoms suggest she was suffering from an expanding prolactin-secreting pituitary tumour.
Ultimately, as the tumour expanded it likely placed pressure on vital areas within her brain that may have been the cause of her early death in 1558 at age 42.
Our understanding of cancer pathophysiology and metabolism continues to evolve. Recent progress in metabolomics and other “omics”-based research is providing us with new insights into the metabolic alterations of a cancer cell.
Tumours can occur in the endocrine system. Most endocrine tumours are non-cancerous (benign), but some are cancerous (malignant).
The reclassified tumor is a small lump in the thyroid that is completely surrounded by a capsule of fibrous tissue. Its nucleus looks like a cancer but the cells have not broken out of their capsule, and surgery to remove the entire thyroid followed by treatment with radioactive iodine is unnecessary and harmful, the panel said. They have now renamed the tumor. Instead of calling it “encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma,” they now call it “noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features,” or NIFTP. The word “carcinoma” is gone.
So, next time you see a patient, next time someone sits in front of you, begging for help, next time you fill in that referral form, pass on medical information, complete a scan … …next time, remember it may not mean much to you, but it is my life and to me, this is everything. It is all I have.
AMEND is run by patients, for patients, to inform and support anyone affected by Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) type 1 or 2 or associated endocrine syndromes and tumours.
The aim of the section Cancer Endocrinology is to cover the entire field of endocrine cancer: from classical endocrine neoplasia, such as thyroid, pituitary, adrenal and neuroendocrine tumors, to types of cancer in which endocrine pathways seem to play a relevant role, such as breast, ovarian, colorectal, prostatic, and hepatocellular tumors.
Read our special collection of journal articles focused on endocrine neoplasia and cancer...
This page is about the hormone system and how cancer may affect it. It also tells you how hormone therapies can treat some types of cancer.
Endocrine-Related Cancer is the established global journal for basic, translational and clinical research on hormones and cancer. Endocrine-related cancers typically include cancers of the breast, prostate, pituitary, testes, ovary and neuroendocrine system as well as hormone-dependent cancers elsewhere.
This journal examines all aspects of hormone action on cancer causation, progression, dependence, prevention, resistance, and treatment. It details findings with clinical applications in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hormonally related cancers.
Resource for endocrine malignancies.
Endocrine cancers are a mixed group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled cellular proliferation of the hormone-producing glands of the endocrine system. These include the thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, parathyroid and pituitary glands.
Endocrine System Cancers.