Q: “I am 76 years old and have had prostate cancer surgery (radiation seed implant). I have all symptoms of low T. Can I use some kind of testosterone supplement such as Androgel to see if it would help my low energy and stamina and overall wellbeing?”
While testosterone replacement won’t cause prostate cancer, there’s a chance that it could fuel the disease if you already have it. That’s why I urge a great deal of caution with hormone therapy among men who have a history of prostate cancer.
That being said, I have several patients in this situation who have benefitted from testosterone replacement. So here’s my advice: Talk to your doctor. Ultimately, this decision is between you, your physician, and your family.
T replacement isn’t out of the question. But any treatment you choose must be individualized and monitored very closely to minimize potential risks.