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How does androgen deprivation therapy treat advanced prostate cancer?

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Most prostate cancer grows in response to male hormones (androgens) in the body, such as testosterone. That’s why one of the first treatments for advanced prostate cancer is to decrease these hormone levels (called androgen deprivation therapy). There are several medications that can do this, including Lupron (leuprolide), Trelstar (triptorelin), or Zoladex (goserelin). These drugs work to reduce testosterone levels to those seen in castrated patients.

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Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

National Institutes of Health.

American Cancer Society web site.

News release, Astellas Pharma Inc.

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES: 

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

National Institutes of Health.

American Cancer Society web site.

News release, Astellas Pharma Inc.

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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