The male hormone, testosterone, stimulates the growth of cancerous prostatic cells and, therefore, is the primary fuel for the growth of prostate cancer. Therefore, hormone therapy is essentially the elimination of testosterone. Hormonal treatment can be accomplished surgically by surgical castration or medically with drugs. The goal is to control the cancer rather than cure it because a cure is not possible.
Generally, hormonal treatment is reserved for individuals who have advanced prostate cancer with local spread or metastases.
Advantages of Hormonal Therapy:
- This therapy helps controls the spread of the cancer.
- You are provides relief from cancer symptoms.
Disadvantages of Hormonal Therapy:
- The treatment may produce enlarged breasts that often are tender.
- You may have hot flashes.
- You may have trouble getting an erection.