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How is endocrine therapy used to treat prostate cancer?

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Male hormones, specifically testosterone, fuel the growth of prostate cancer. By reducing the amount of testosterone in the body, the growth of advanced prostate cancer is slowed. This is called endocrine therapy or hormone therapy. It's the main treatment for advanced prostate cancer.

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American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute. 

Cancer Research UK.  

News release, Astellas Pharma Inc.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute. 

Cancer Research UK.  

News release, Astellas Pharma Inc.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

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