Prostate Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

19. How is hormonal therapy used to treat prostate cancer?

Hormonal therapy deprives cancer cells of the male hormones they need to grow and survive. This treatment is often used for prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Sometimes doctors use hormonal therapy to try to keep the cancer from coming back after surgery or radiation treatment. Side effects can include impotence, hot flashes, loss of sexual desire, and thinning of bones.

Hormonal therapy is often in pill form.