This type of treatment is based on the taking of medicines. Hormone therapy is helpful like with chemotherapy.
- The principle: Some cancers are sensitive to the action of hormones naturally produced by the body. This is often the case for breast and prostate cancers. Cancer cells tend to multiply faster in the presence of these hormones. The idea is therefore to block the production or activity of these hormones.
- The goal: Compared to other forms of cancer treatment, hormone therapy is not intended to directly destroy cancer cells. It is about giving you drugs that either block hormone production, or are opposed to its action. This makes possible the reduction of cancer.
- In practice: Hormone therapy is useful only if the cancer is hormone-sensitive (hormone-sensitive). This is the case if the cancer cells have on their surface specific receptors to these hormones. The tumor studies make its determination possible. If this is the case, the treatment is based on taking an oral medication. The type of medication, the prescribed dose and the duration of the treatment are adapted to each situation.