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Methodist Cancer Center - Texas Medical Center

Hormone Therapy

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Some types of cancer, such as breast and prostate cancer, can only grow in the presence of certain hormones. Hormone therapy treats the cancer by depriving the cells of the hormones they need to survive.

Hormone therapy can be implemented through drugs that stop the production of certain hormones or prevent them from working, or through surgery to remove the organ(s) producing the hormones, such as the ovaries or testicles. 

Side effects of hormone therapy can include:

  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Nausea
  • Infertility
  • In women:
    • Stopped or irregular menstrual periods
    • Vaginal dryness.
  • In men:
    • Impotence
    • Loss of sexual desire
    • Breast growth or tenderness

Because approaches to hormone therapy vary widely, make sure to talk to your doctor and ensure you have a thorough understanding of what the treatment involves and what to watch for afterwards.

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For more information about hormone therapy at the Methodist Cancer Center or to make an appointment, call us at 713-790-2700.