Hormone Therapy

What is Hormone Therapy?

Hormone therapy or endocrine therapy uses hormones to destroy or stop the multiplying of cancer cells in the body. Without the right hormones, cancer cells can’t grow.

Who Receives Hormone Therapy?

Hormone therapy is recommended for women who have breast cancer cells that have positive progesterone or estrogen receptors.

How Does Hormone Therapy Work?

Hormone therapy uses anti-hormone drugs such as tamoxifen to stop the growth of cancer cells. Some common hormone therapy drugs are Tamoxifen, Fareston, Megace, Zoladex and Aromasin. Hormone therapy treatment takes years to complete.

Possible Side Effects

The following are some common side effects in women after undergoing hormone therapy.

  • Vaginal dryness or itching
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Headache

To speak to a breast cancer treatment specialist about hormone therapy for breast cancer treatment or to schedule an appointment, call Christian Hospital at 877.747.9355 or email us.