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Who needs hormone therapy for prostate cancer?
- By Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
Here’s what you should know about this type of treatment.
The spectrum for treating cancer confined to the prostate gland has a range of options. On one end is watchful waiting (beginning treatment only if symptoms arise) or active surveillance (periodic testing to see if the cancer progresses). On the other is the surgical removal of the prostate.
Depending on the stage of localized cancer, a man’s doctor instead might recommend something in the middle: radiation therapy, which can be delivered alone or combined with hormonal therapy, also known as androgen deprivation therapy (ADT).
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Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
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