Hormonal Therapy for Cancer
- How does hormonal therapy work?
- What is hormonal therapy used for?
- What are the types of hormonal therapy?
- What adverse effects can occur with hormonal therapy?
- Which cancers is hormonal therapy used to treat?
- Estrogens and antiestrogens
- Androgens and antiandrogens
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogues
- Aromatase inhibitors
- Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)—This is most frequently used in combination with other treatments for women with resected breast cancer, meaning that the initial lesion has been removed.
- Toremifene (Fareston)—This is used in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.
- Raloxifene (Evista)—This is currently used to treat osteoporosis , but is being tested in clinical trials for breast cancer.
- Fluoxymesterone (Halotestin)
- Methyltestosterone (Android, Oreton, Testred)
- Flutamide (Eulexin)
- Bicalutamide (Casodex)
- Nilutamide (Nilandron)
- Megestrol (Megace)
- Progesterone acetate (Depo-Provera)
- Goserelin (Zoldadex)
- Leuprolide (Lupron)
- Aminoglutethimide (Cytadren)
- Letrozole (Femara)
- Anastrozole (Arimidex)
- To provide the hormone your thyroid can no longer make, as a result of the surgery
- To suppress any thyroid cancer cells from growing back
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- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 09/26/2012 -
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