As a benefit to our patients, Suncoast Cancer Institute is proud to offer hormone therapy. In certain cases, hormonal therapy is used to eliminate the growth of cancer cells. Our oncologists are experts in endocrine system, the network of glands that make hormones, and use their knowledge to control the growth and activity of certain cancerous cells.
What is Hormone Therapy?
Hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are naturally occurring substances in the body that stimulate the growth of hormone sensitive tissues, such as breast or prostate glands. When cancer arises in these certain tissues, its growth and spread may be caused by the body’s own hormones.
Drugs that block hormone production or change the way hormones work, and/or removal or organs that secrete hormones, such as the ovaries or testicles, are ways of fighting cancer. Hormone therapy is a systemic treatment that may affect cancer cells throughout the body.
How is Hormone Therapy Administered?
Hormone Therapy can be administered as an oral medication, an injection, or in some cases as a surgical intervention. For example, surgical interventions include the removal of ovaries in women with ovarian cancer or the removal of a prostate in men with prostate cancer.
Depending upon your unique situation, your oncologist will determine which hormone therapy medication will work best for you. How long you take hormone therapy also depends on factors such as your stage of cancer and other side effects you may be experiencing.
What are the Side Effects of Hormone Therapy?
Side effects from hormone therapy may differ in men and women. Most often side effects are caused by a lack of whichever hormone is being blocked or inactive. General side effects for men and women may include:
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
- Memory problems
The oncologists at Suncoast Cancer Institute will monitor your treatment closely and will work to reduce and eliminate any side effects from treatment. At each appointment, you will meet with your oncologist to discuss your progress, side effects, and ongoing plan for treatment. Please do not hesitate to contact us at anytime should side effects arise.
Is Hormone Therapy Right For Me?
Your oncologist will review your specific case and make recommendations on the most effective treatment options. If you have been diagnosed with one of the following cancers, hormone therapy may be right for you. These cancers include:
- Breast cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Prostate cancer
Cancers such as these are hormone sensitive and/or home dependent, meaning they need hormones in order to grow and thrive. By eliminating the access to the hormones needed to develop, many times growth of the cancer can be slowed or even stopped. If you have been diagnosed with one of the above cancers, talk to your oncologist today to see if you are a candidate for hormone therapy.
Learn More About Hormone Therapy at Suncoast Cancer Institute
To determine if you are a candidate for hormone therapy, contact Suncoast Cancer Institute today. When you choose to work with us, you will be more than a patient, you will be part of our family. This means your needs and comfort always come first. If you are ready to experience hometown, personalized care, schedule an appointment with our exceptional oncology team.