Hormone therapy for prostate cancer

Prostate cancer usually depends on the hormone testosterone to grow. Hormone therapy blocks or lowers the amount of testosterone in the body. This can lower the risk of prostate cancer coming back when you have it with other treatments. 

There are different ways of having hormone therapy. This includes injections, tablets or surgery to remove your testicles (orchidectomy). 

This section is about hormone therapy for people with prostate cancer that hasn't spread to other parts of the body. We have information about hormone therapy for prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. This is metastatic or advanced prostate cancer. 

What is hormone therapy?

Find out about hormone treatment for prostate cancer, when you have it and possible side effects.

Surgery to remove your testicles (orchidectomy)

Removing the testicles stop your body from making the hormone testosterone. It is a type of hormone therapy for prostate cancer. 

Living with the effects of hormone therapy

Learn how prostate cancer treatment such as hormone therapy and surgery can affect your hormones.

Last reviewed: 
23 Jun 2022
Next review due: 
23 Jun 2025
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