Hormone Therapy

"Hormone-related cancers, namely breast, endometrium, ovary, prostate, testis, thyroid and osteosarcoma, share a unique mechanism of carcinogenesis. Endogenous and exogenous hormones drive cell proliferation, and thus the opportunity for the accumulation of random genetic errors."

Hormone substances are of two general types:

Hormones and antagonists

These agents are used to treat hormone-sensitive tumors. Hormone-sensitive tumors may be hormone-dependent, hormone responsive, or both. A hormone-dependent tumor regresses on removal of the hormonal stimulus. Hormone-responsive tumors regress when pharmacologic amounts of hormones are administered.