A startling article appeared in today’s U.S News and World Report. Men who are on hormone blockade and who also take a baby aspirin to protect their heart can shorten their lives! So, if you are on a blockade immediately speak with your cardiologist and oncologist about the potential implications of the study on your health. When you do speak with them do point out that the sample size in the study was small and the study may need additional follow up.
According to the research cited, baby aspirin interacts with the hormone therapy causing elevated liver-function levels. The result is that you must stop hormone therapy to avoid significant, life threatening liver damage. These finding were published in the December 27, 2007 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
The U.S. News and World Report article can be read at: Aspirin, Hormone Therapy Combo Can Shorten Lives of Prostate Cancer Patients
Joel T Nowak MA, MSW