Hormone therapy is a form of whole body systemic treatment
that is used as adjuvant therapy or treatment of cancer recurrence.
In women, the term “Hormone Therapy” refers to
a number of different treatments designed to reduce the level
of female hormones in the body (reference: The Intelligent
Patient Guide to Breast Cancer 3rd edition, 2001).
Commonly prescribed hormone therapy for women include Arimidex,
Aromasin, Tamoxifen, etc.
In men, “Hormone Withdrawal Therapy” is the use
of surgery or drugs to reduce or eliminate the presence of
testosterone in the body, which stimulates the growth of prostate
gland. (Reference: The Intelligent Patient Guide to Prostate
Cancer, 2nd Edition, 1997). Commonly prescribed hormone withdrawal therapy for men include:
Anandron, Casodex, Zoladex, Lupron, etc.
To review Clinical Practice Guidelines for using specific
hormone therapies in treating cancer visit the Cancer Care Ontario website