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 prostate cancer
Hormone therapy for prostate cancer deprives cancer cells of the male hormones they need to grow. Prostate cancer hormone therapy is often used in combination with radiation and other therapies. We may use hormone therapy to shrink advanced prostate cancer tumors, so they can be treated with radiation.
At CTCA, we use innovative approaches in hormone therapy, attacking the disease on multiple fronts with a combination of drugs. A common regimen for prostate cancer therapy uses a combination of two or more drugs to lower the level of testosterone and other hormones that can fuel the disease. In some cases, hormone therapy may be given intermittently to help reduce treatment-related side effects.
Our integrative oncology services are available to help manage potential side effects of prostate cancer hormone therapy, like mood changes and low libido. We anticipate side effects by focusing on prevention, and managing them with a variety of approaches if they do occur. All of this is integrated into your overall treatment plan, with personalized support for you and your family.