What is hormone therapy?
Hormone therapy is a form of systemic therapy that works to add, block, or remove hormones from the body to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) we use hormone therapy to fight various forms of cancer, alongside integrative oncology services to combat side effects.
Why we're different
Many types of cancer require hormones for growth. Hormone therapy can be used to prevent cancer cells from getting the hormones they need to grow. We may use hormone therapy in combination with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
We understand there are many factors that may influence your treatment choices, such as your desire to have children. We will listen to you and work as a team to develop a treatment plan that seeks to meet your individual needs.
How we support you
Some hormone therapies can cause a range of side effects, depending on the type of cancer involved. For example, breast cancer patients may experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, and mood changes. Prostate cancer patients may experience reduced ability to achieve an erection or orgasm. Other therapies may also cause joint and muscle pain, and an increased risk of bone thinning.
Throughout your treatment, we will provide integrative oncology services to help combat these side effects. Naturopathic medicine, nutrition therapy, mind-body medicine, and spiritual support can help reduce side effects and improve your overall quality of life.
Hormone therapy for ovarian cancer
Another ovarian cancer treatment option we offer at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is hormone therapy, which aims to deprive ovarian cancer cells of the hormones they need to grow, including estrogen. Hormone therapy for ovarian cancer is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy and other therapies.
At CTCA, we offer innovative approaches to hormone therapy, attacking the disease on multiple fronts with a combination of drugs. A common regimen of hormone therapy for ovarian cancer patients involves using a combination of tamoxifen (Nolvadex®) and anastrozole (Arimidex®) to lower estrogen levels in the body. In some cases, hormone therapy may be used to increase progesterone levels, which can prevent cancer cells from growing.