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How is hormone therapy used to treat advanced prostate cancer?

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The male sex hormones (called androgens), especially testosterone, can help prostate cancer cells grow inside and outside of the prostate gland. Hormone therapy shuts down this process. It will:

  • Dramatically lower your testosterone levels
  • Prevent prostate cancer cells from using low levels of androgens

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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