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Hormonal Therapy

Uses of Hormonal Therapy for Cancer

Hormonal therapy (also referred to as “hormone therapy”) is a form of cancer treatment that attempts to slow or stop the growth of certain cancers by preventing those cancers from receiving the hormones they require in order to grow.

Hormonal therapy is most commonly used, along with other therapies, to treat breast and prostate cancers. Talk to your physician at Jordan Valley Cancer Center to learn more about hormonal therapy and its potential uses with regards to the type and stage of your cancer.

Generally, hormonal therapy is used to treat the cancer or ease cancer symptoms. Men who are unable to have a prostatectomy or radiation therapy, for example, may find symptomatic relief from prostate cancer through hormonal therapy. When combined with other treatments, hormonal therapy can…

  • Reduce tumor size before or after surgery or radiation therapy
  • Reduce the risk of a cancer recurring after the primary treatment
  • Destroy cancer cells that have returned or metastasized

Side Effects of Hormonal Therapy

Hormonal therapy does bring a potential risk for certain side effects. General side effects for men receiving hormonal therapy for prostate cancer may include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Reduced libido
  • Inability to have sex
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Bone weakening
  • Enlarged/tender breasts

General side effects for women receiving hormonal therapy for breast cancer may include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Reduced libido
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in mood
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Changes in periods (if pre-menopausal)

Not everyone experiences side effects from hormonal therapy. If you experience side effects, let your physician know, as symptomatic relief may be possible.

Receiving Hormonal Therapy for Cancer

Hormonal therapy may be administered in many different ways, including:

  • Orally (pills)
  • Injection (shot in arm, leg, hip or abdomen)
  • Surgically (removal of hormone-producing organs – ovaries in females, testicles in males)

Some types of hormonal therapy may be received at home; others require the patient to visit Jordan Valley Cancer Center.

Hormonal Therapy for Cancer In West Jordan, UT

Jordan Valley Cancer Center features an integrative approach to cancer treatment. By combining the experience and skills of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists under one roof, we are able to offer patients advanced, comprehensive treatment strategies for a wide array of cancers and circumstances. Each patient at Jordan Valley Cancer Center is paired with a Nurse Navigator who helps the patient understand and process the different therapy options and how they work together. Hormonal therapy for cancer is one of many different treatment options that may be available to you. For more information about receiving hormonal therapy, please contact us at 801-601-2260.