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When is hormone treatment used for prostate cancer?

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Hormone treatment is often used if prostate cancer has spread outside the prostate. It is also used if cancer remains or recurs after treatment with surgery or radiation therapy. It does not cure cancer. The purpose of hormone therapy is to delay the progression of the cancer and increase survival while maximizing quality of life. If a patient doesn't respond to initial hormone treatment, a doctor may try other hormonal methods before recommending chemotherapy.

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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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