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Prostate Cancer – Hormonal Therapy

Hormonal therapy is typically used when:

  • Prostate cancer has overtaken capsule
  • Relapse after radiation or surgery
  • The patient has a very aggressive cancer
  • Prostate cancer at high risk for metastasis

Hormonal therapy is usually in the form of one or more combination of the following methods:

  • Orchiectomy, surgical
  • Injections of medicines called «LH-RH analogues’ that stop the production of testosterone by the testes
  • Pills “antiandrogens” which prevent the entry of androgens in prostate cells.

The side effects of hormone therapy include:

  • Hypertrophy breast
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Impotence
  • Flushes
  • Weight gain
  • Decrease in muscle mass
  • Some drugs can also cause nausea, diarrhea, fatigue and liver damage.