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How do you take hormone therapy for advanced prostate cancer?

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Some hormone therapy drugs are pills. Others are injections or pellets that doctors implant under your skin. Your doctor will set your drug schedule based on your particular needs and how your cancer responds. If you become resistant to hormone therapy or have problems with side effects, your doctor may try "intermittent therapy." This means you'll take the drugs for a while, then stop, then start again. This can improve your quality of life and make the hormone therapy work better.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Prostate Cancer Overview," "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer" and "Prostate Cancer Treatment (PDQ): Treatment Option Overview: Radiation Therapy."

American Urological Association: "Advanced Prostate Cancer."

Prostate Cancer Infolink: "Are all LHRH agonists 'just the same'?"

American Cancer Society web site. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Prostate Cancer Overview," "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer" and "Prostate Cancer Treatment (PDQ): Treatment Option Overview: Radiation Therapy."

American Urological Association: "Advanced Prostate Cancer."

Prostate Cancer Infolink: "Are all LHRH agonists 'just the same'?"

American Cancer Society web site. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 21, 2019

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