In some cancers, cancer cells exploit the body’s hormones to grow. Hormonal cancer therapy works by preventing this activity. Hormone therapy for cancer therefore seeks to prevent production and effects of hormones that are vital for the cancer in question.
Hormone therapy is a form of targeted drug therapy
Hormonal cancer treatment is used for types of cancer such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer and endometrial cancer. Hormones decisively regulate the normal growth and development of these organs.
Hormonal treatments are always planned on a personal basis and their effects differ greatly from one person to another. Hormone therapy affects human sex hormone levels and can bring about comprehensive symptoms. For example, drugs that block the effects of oestrogen bring on the symptoms of menopause due to female hormone deficiency, though these symptoms can be alleviated.
Compared to chemotherapy, your body tolerates hormone therapy better. Hormonal treatment is usually long term, generally lasting for years. In some cases it may continue for the rest of a patient’s life.
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