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When do you get hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

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Hormone treatment is mainly used for men who have advanced prostate cancer, when it has spread outside the gland. It doesn't cure the cancer. It delays the progression of the cancer and helps you live a longer, better life. If it doesn't work, your doctor may try a different kind of hormone therapy before recommending chemotherapy.

Men often have it after surgery for better results. Men who don't want to have any other type of treatment may choose it, too. 

You and your doctor will want to consider your quality of life, the cost of the treatment, and how effective and safe hormone treatment may be for your situation.

SOURCES:

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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