Hormone therapy uses man-made (synthetic) hormones or other medications to prevent cancer cells from getting or using the hormones they need to grow and spread.
As part of the diagnosis process, tests are done to determine if the cancer cells have certain hormone receptors. If a cancer is found to have these receptors, hormone therapy is recommended as part of the treatment plan. It may be given as soon as cancer is diagnosed, before any other treatment (neoadjuvant) or after (adjuvant) other cancer treatments. Neoadjuvant treatments help to kill cancer cells and contribute to the effectiveness of the primary therapy. Adjuvant therapy is given to improve the chance of a cure.
At MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, our physicians offer world class cancer care and have extensive experience with hormone therapy.
Understanding the treatment
There are a variety of medications and synthetic hormones that can be taken in pill form or by means of injection. The type of hormone therapy a person receives depends upon many factors, including the type and size of the tumor, the age of the person, and the presence of hormone receptors on the tumor.
Indications for the treatment
Hormone treatment is recommended for certain types of cancers that are helped by the body’s own hormones (hormone sensitive).
Departments Specializing in Hormone Therapy for Cancer
Departments at Cooper where hormone therapy for cancer is performed:
Physicians Who Specialize in Hormone Therapy for Cancer
Our hormone therapy for cancer specialists include: