Prostate cancer growth is stimulated by the male hormone, testosterone

Reducing testosterone slows down the growth of the cancer

Hormone therapy can be given by surgery, injections, tablets or nasal spray

Most men respond to hormone therapy

Hormone therapy controls the cancer for variable lengths of time, on average 2 years

Most hormone therapies remove sexual desire and cause difficulty with or prevent erection

Hormone therapy can cause bone thinning (osteoporosis)

You may experience hot flushes and sweating

You may experience breast swelling (which can be managed with a little radiotherapy)