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Prostate Cancer - Medications

Hormones are medicines that can affect the growth of prostate cancer cells. Hormone therapy is sometimes used with radiation treatment or surgery to help make sure that all cancer cells are destroyed.

Hormone therapy can't cure prostate cancer. But it will usually shrink the tumor and slow the rate of cancer growth, sometimes for years. Taking a hormone-therapy medicine lowers your level of testosterone and other male hormones. Another way to lower male hormones is by having surgery to remove the testicles, called an orchiectomy.

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Treatment for Advanced Prostate Cancer

If you have an advanced stage of prostate cancer (stage III and IV), it means the disease has spread outside your prostate gland. Doctors can treat this type of cancer, but they can’t cure it. Still, there are good options that can ease your symptoms and help you live a long, active life. Talk with your doctor about the treatment that’s best for you. Ask him about the kinds of side effects you might have. You’ll want to choose a path that gives you the best results with the fewest risks. Your ...

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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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