• By Laurel J. Kelly

Living With Cancer: Hormone therapy for prostate cancer

June 14, 2019
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Hormone therapy for prostate cancer  
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 the male hormone testosterone from reaching prostate cancer cells in your body. Learn about how the therapy works, the possible side effects and risks, and whether it might be right for you.

What is HER2-positive breast cancer? 
HER2-positive breast cancer is a breast cancer that tests positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), which promotes the growth of cancer cells. While HER2-positive breast cancers tend to be more aggressive than other types of breast cancer, treatments that specifically target it are effective, and the prognosis is good. Learn more from Dr. Timothy Moynihan, an emeritus Mayo Clinic medical oncologist.

Thyroidectomy  
Thyroidectomy is the removal of all or part of your thyroid — a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck that produces hormones that regulate every aspect of your metabolism, from your heart rate to how quickly you burn calories. A thyroidectomy is used to treat thyroid disorders, such as cancer, noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid (goiter) and overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Learn more about why a thyroidectomy might be recommended, and what you can expect during and after the procedure.

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