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How does hormone therapy treat advanced prostate cancer?

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Hormone therapy is the most common treatment for men with this disease. Prostate cancer cells need male sex hormones to help them grow. This therapy blocks them from getting or using those hormones. This is called androgen deprivation therapy. Some treatments lower the body's levels of testosterone and other male hormones. Other types of therapy block the way those hormones work.

From: Advanced Prostate Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society: "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer," "Preventing and treating prostate cancer spread to bones," "Vaccine treatment for prostate cancer," "What is metastatic cancer?" "When Cancer Doesn't Go Away."

ClinicalTrials.gov: "Learn About Clinical Studies."

National Cancer Institute: "Cancer Vaccines."

UpToDate.com: "Patient information: Treatment for advanced prostate cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Bone-targeted Therapy," "Chemotherapy," "Hormonal Therapy," "What Are the Symptoms of Advanced Prostate Cancer?" "What is Advanced Prostate Cancer?"

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer," "Preventing and treating prostate cancer spread to bones," "Vaccine treatment for prostate cancer," "What is metastatic cancer?" "When Cancer Doesn't Go Away."

ClinicalTrials.gov: "Learn About Clinical Studies."

National Cancer Institute: "Cancer Vaccines."

UpToDate.com: "Patient information: Treatment for advanced prostate cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Bone-targeted Therapy," "Chemotherapy," "Hormonal Therapy," "What Are the Symptoms of Advanced Prostate Cancer?" "What is Advanced Prostate Cancer?"

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 1, 2018

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