Hormone Therapy

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The goal of hormone therapy is not to cure the cancer but to lower levels of testosterone that causes prostate-cancer cells to grow. Hormone therapy is often combined with radiation therapy. Common hormone therapies include:

  • Orchiectomy: Surgical removal of the testicles, which produce testosterone.
  • LHRH Analogs: Drugs that lower the amount of testosterone produced in a man’s body. Injections are given every one to four months (or even yearly).
  • Antiandrogens: These testosterone-blocking medicines are usually used in combination with orchiectomy or LHRH analogs.

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