Your body naturally creates substances that promote growth and function of certain parts of the body, such as the prostate and breast tissue. These substances are called hormones.
If you develop cancer in your breast or prostate tissue, it can “feed” off of your own hormones to grow and spread.
Hormone therapy uses drugs that block or change the way your hormones work. Glands or organs that produce hormones may also be removed, such as the prostate or ovaries.
Hormone Therapies for Prostate Cancer
We specialize in the treatment of prostate cancer. Hormone therapies for prostate cancer include:
- Lutenizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone Agonists: prevent your testicles from producing testosterone.
- Antiandrogens: block the action of hormones that promote male sex characteristics.
- Orchiectomy: surgical procedure to remove one or both testicles, the main source of male hormones.
- Estrogen Therapy: hormones that promote female sex characteristics can prevent the testicles from producing testosterone. We rarely use estrogen therapy because of the risk of serious side effects.