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What is hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

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Hormone therapy (also called androgen deprivation therapy or androgen suppression therapy) removes, blocks, or adds hormones to slow the growth of prostate cancer. It doesn't cure the cancer. This treatment is mainly used for men who have advanced prostate cancer, when it has spread outside the gland.

It can include injections and pills as well as surgery to remove the testicles.

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Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Hormone Therapy."

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

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Hormone Therapy."

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

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 12, 2018

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