Most of us have heard of hormones like testosterone and estrogen. We need hormones for growth, development, metabolism and reproduction. But did you know some forms of cancers use hormones to grow in your body? If you have cancer that is hormone-sensitive or hormone-dependent, you may need a type of treatment called hormone therapy.
Hormone therapy refers to a group of drugs and other treatments. They include:
You may use one drug or a combination of drugs to counter the effect that the hormones have on your cancer. Hormone therapy is usually combined with other cancer treatments. These include radiation therapy, chemotherapy or cancer surgery.
The type of hormone therapy you’ll need depends on several factors. These include the kind of cancer you have, your age, and (for women) whether you’ve completed menopause.
Each type of hormone therapy works differently and offers different benefits. These include:
Your Mercy care team will make sure you understand what to expect before, during and after hormone therapy. For example:
We realize starting cancer treatments can feel both exciting and intimidating. We’ll take the time to answer your questions and address your concerns before you begin hormone therapy.
At Mercy, we offer hormone therapy to treat certain cancers that rely on hormones to grow and spread, including: