As one of the top treatments for some types of breast cancer and prostate cancer, hormone therapy helps to stop or slow cancers’ growth. The experienced team at Choice Cancer Care carefully evaluates each person’s cancer to determine if hormone therapy is a good addition to their treatment. If you have questions about hormone therapy or to learn if you’re a good candidate, call one of the offices in Plano, Lewisville, Irving, or Southlake, Texas, or schedule an appointment online today.
Hormone therapy slows or stops the growth of cancer tumors that rely on hormones to survive. Your doctor at Choice Cancer Care may use hormone therapy to treat prostate cancer and some types of breast cancer.
It’s important to know that hormone therapy for cancer is not the same as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT increases your estrogen levels to ease the symptoms of menopause.
Some types of HRT increase your risk of breast cancer, and if you have a history of breast cancer, HRT raises the chance of your cancer reoccurring.
You may be a good candidate for hormone therapy if you have prostate cancer or have breast cancer that tests positive for hormone receptors.
Some types of breast cancer tumors have receptors for estrogen or progesterone. If your biopsy reveals this type of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, the cancer cells need hormones to grow.
Tamoxifen, a medication frequently used in hormone therapy, has two actions for treating breast cancer. It blocks estrogen from getting into cancer cells by attaching to the receptors, inhibiting your body’s estrogen production.
Male hormones, such as testosterone, fuel prostate cancer growth. Most men can take one of several hormone medications that either blocks their male hormones or stops hormone production.
Hormone therapy shrinks the tumor and lowers prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood levels. Your doctor at Choice Cancer Care may also recommend hormone therapy to reduce or prevent prostate cancer symptoms if you can’t have surgery or radiation therapy.
The doctors at Choice Cancer Care typically use hormone therapy before or after surgery or radiation therapy.
Neoadjuvant therapy, or receiving hormone therapy before other treatments, shrinks the tumor. As a result, the tumor is easier to remove with surgery or to treat with radiation.
Adjuvant therapy, or taking hormone therapy after other treatments, lowers the risk of recurrent cancer and destroys cancer cells that may still be in your body.
Any treatment that affects your body’s hormones can have side effects. The potential side effects differ for women and men and depend on the type of therapy and each individual’s unique response.
To learn more about hormone therapy, call Choice Cancer Care, or schedule an appointment online today.