Hormone therapy

Hormonal therapies act by altering the production of particular hormones in the body. They are most commonly used to treat breast cancer and prostate cancer.

There are several different types of hormonal therapy and the type given depends on the cancer being treated.

Hormonal therapy may be given before radiotherapy, and sometimes before surgery. This is known as neo-adjuvant therapy.

It is also sometimes given after either radiotherapy or surgery, which is known as adjuvant therapy. The aim is to reduce the chance of the cancer coming back.