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What kinds of hormone therapy treat prostate cancer?

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Injections and pills can stop the testicles from making testosterone and protect cells from any other androgens that remain in the body:

  • Anti-androgens block the activity of male hormones in the body.
  • Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) analogs or agonists lower testosterone levels.
  • Combined hormone therapy decreases testosterone from the testicles as well as from the adrenal glands on your kidneys.
  • Newer drugs stop the adrenal glands from making androgens.

Surgical removal of the testicles (called orchiectomy) can also prevent male hormones from further stimulating the growth of prostate cancer.

SOURCES:

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Hormone Therapy."

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer Treatment (PDQ)."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2020

SOURCES:

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Hormone Therapy."

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer Treatment (PDQ)."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2020

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