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is the orchiectomy for male cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Prostate, testicular: This is part of the treatment for prostate cancer and testicular cancer. This is because the cancer is in the testis for testicular cancer, and for prostate cancer, this helps deprive it of male hormones that cause the tumor to grow.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Testis cancer: Entails the effected testis to be removed, unilateral orchiectomy. For advanced prostate cancer, bilateral orchiectomy is as effective and cost effective as pharmaceuticals, but the idea is unpalatable to many patients and some doctors. The anti-hormone therapy is justified for those that might want the effcts reversed, not always desireable or posible.

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Last updated Jan 21, 2013

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