Hormone therapy is a type of drug treatment offered to some people with cancer. If you are having hormone therapy, this information will help you understand how it works and what to expect while taking it. Hormone therapy is also known as androgen deprivation therapy or endocrine therapy.
Some cancers use hormones to grow. These cancers are known as hormone-dependent cancers. They include some types of breast, uterine and prostate cancers. Hormone therapy blocks particular hormones to slow the cancer’s growth or lower the risk of a cancer coming back after treatment.
Find answers to questions such as what are hormones, when is hormone therapy given, or how do you have it?
Changing the level of hormones in the body can cause side effects. Learn about some common side effects and ways to manage them.
- Is hormone therapy available as part of my treatment plan?
- Why do I need hormone therapy?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of hormone therapy for me?
- Will I have other treatments as well as hormone therapy?
- Which hormone therapy drug are you recommending? Does it have different names?
- How do I have hormone therapy?
- How much does treatment cost?
- How long will I be on hormone therapy?
- Can I take my other medicines while I am having hormone therapy?
- How will I know if the treatment is working?
- What are the risks and possible side effects of hormone therapy?
- Will the side effects be long term or short term?
- What can I do to help manage any side effects?
- Will hormone therapy affect my sex life and fertility?
- Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
- Should I change my diet or physical activity during or after treatment?
- How often will I need check-ups while I’m on hormone therapy?