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Hormone therapy

Prostate cancer usually depends on testosterone to grow. Hormone therapy blocks or lowers the amount of testosterone in the body. This can lower the risk of an early prostate cancer coming back when you have it with other treatments. Or it can shrink an advanced prostate cancer or slow its growth. You might have it alone or with other treatments such as radiotherapy. 

There are different ways of having hormone therapy, including injections, tablets or surgery to remove your testicles (orchidectomy). 

What is hormone therapy?

Find out about hormone treatment for prostate cancer, when you have it and possible side effects.

Hormone drugs

Find out about drugs used in hormone therapy.

Last reviewed: 
19 Jun 2019

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