• By Laurel Kelly

Consumer Health: Is hormone therapy for prostate cancer right for you?

September 17, 2020
a middle-aged man in a exam room with a medical staff person taking information

Prostate cancer will affect 1 in 9 men, according to the American Cancer Society. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the U.S.

The type and stage of your cancer, as well as your overall health and preferences, will help you and your health care provider choose the most appropriate treatment plan. The options may include active surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, cryosurgery, chemotherapy and biological therapy. 

Most prostate cancer cells rely on testosterone to help them grow. Hormone therapy for prostate cancer, also called androgen deprivation therapy, is a treatment to stop testosterone from being produced or reaching prostate cancer cells.

Learn about how hormone therapy for prostate cancer works, the possible side effects and risks, and whether it might be right for you.

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