Hormone therapy for prostate cancer
Hormone therapy is a treatment option that is available to some patients that are diagnosed with prostate cancer. The goal of this treatment is to reduce the level of hormones called androgens in the body or completely stop them.
The reason for this is that the hormones stimulate the cancer cells to grow; so by reducing or stopping them it can shrink the prostate cancer or slow down the growth of the cancer. It is important to note that hormone therapy on its own will not cure prostate cancer and is often used with over treatment options.
Who might need hormone therapy?
- If the cancer has spread too far to be cured by treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy
- If the cancer comes back or remains after previous treatment, such as surgery or radiation
- At the same time as radiation if you have an aggressive form of cancer
- Before radiation to shrink down the size of the cancer and therefore make treatment more affective
There are a number of different types of hormone therapy that are available. Your doctor will make sure that you have the right treatment depending on your specific needs.
Being diagnosed with any form of cancer can be an extremely hard time for both you and your family, it is so important that you understand what is happening every step of the way and feel comfortable to ask any questions you may have.
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.