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How is hormonal therapy used to treat prostate cancer?

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Dr. Naveen Kella
Urology - Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Castration

Hormone therapy turns off your testosterone.
A nobel prize was awarded based on the observation that eunuchs do not develop prostate cancer. However, this treatment is not a cure. If you live long enough, hormones will eventually stop working.

In brief: Castration

Hormone therapy turns off your testosterone.
A nobel prize was awarded based on the observation that eunuchs do not develop prostate cancer. However, this treatment is not a cure. If you live long enough, hormones will eventually stop working.
Dr. Naveen Kella
Dr. Naveen Kella
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Starve cancer cells

It is used to suppress testosterone (male hormone) that feeds cancer cells.

In brief: Starve cancer cells

It is used to suppress testosterone (male hormone) that feeds cancer cells.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Different ways

Hormonal therapy is very effective in controlling the prostate cancer but is not curative.
It is administered by injection with or without an oral pill. It is generally injected every 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or given once a year, depending on which formulation is given.

In brief: Different ways

Hormonal therapy is very effective in controlling the prostate cancer but is not curative.
It is administered by injection with or without an oral pill. It is generally injected every 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or given once a year, depending on which formulation is given.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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In brief: Hormonal Therapy

Hormonal therapy works because the majority of prostate cancer cell require testosterone to grow.
Removal of testosterone may be done with drugs (injected or by mouth) or removal of testes. Not all of the cells will respond as some cancer cells do not require testosterone. This is only to slow progression of cancer, not to cure it. Age, extent of disease, and other medical issues are taken in acct.

In brief: Hormonal Therapy

Hormonal therapy works because the majority of prostate cancer cell require testosterone to grow.
Removal of testosterone may be done with drugs (injected or by mouth) or removal of testes. Not all of the cells will respond as some cancer cells do not require testosterone. This is only to slow progression of cancer, not to cure it. Age, extent of disease, and other medical issues are taken in acct.
Dr. Howard Usitalo
Dr. Howard Usitalo
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