Hormone Therapy involves drugs that block hormone production, which can cause certain cancers such as those of the breast and prostate to spread.

For Women

Hormone drugs are only effective in women whose cancer has the estrogen or progesterone receptor. Every breast cancer is tested for these receptors and your physician will share these results with you. If the cancer is negative for both these receptors, you will not benefit from the treatment.

Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer.

For Men

Several types of hormone therapy can be used to treat prostate cancer. Some lower the levels of testosterone or other androgens (male hormones). Others block the action of those hormones.

According to Cancer.org, hormone therapy may currently be used:

  • If you are not able to have surgery or radiation or can’t be cured by these treatments because the cancer has already spread beyond the prostate gland
  • If your cancer remains or comes back after treatment with surgery or radiation therapy
  • Along with radiation therapy as initial treatment if you are at higher risk of the cancer coming back after treatment (based on a high Gleason score, high PSA level, and/or growth of the cancer outside the prostate)
  • Before radiation to try to shrink the cancer to make treatment more effective

Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Hormone Therapy and Prostate Cancer.