Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Hormone therapy is sometimes used to treat prostate cancer. The patients are given hormones that suppress the amount of androgens in their body so that the prostate cancer cells will fail to grow.

One article (1) looked into the types of hormone therapy used to treat prostate cancer. They indicated that prostate cancer is stimulated in the presence of androgens so that any hormone therapy that suppresses the androgens in a male’s body would be helpful in treating their prostate cancer.

The article noted that the major hormones were testosterone and dihydrotestosterone and that the treatment to lower the effect of these hormones were often done if cancer has already spread in spite of surgery and radiation therapy, the cancer is recurrent, or before radiation therapy is used in order to shrink cancer before using conventional treatments for prostate cancer.

Source: 1. Hormone therapy for prostate cancer.                                                                                          http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-treating-hormone-therapy. Accessed 7/7/16.

Dr. Adem Gunes