What is late prostate cancer and how is it treated?
The release of testosterone by the testicles is triggered by a hormone released from the pituitary gland. If the release of testosterone is stopped, the growth of prostate cancer may stop for some time.
When cancer spreads to other parts of the body (‘metastasises’), it is called late prostate cancer. To grow, prostate cancer needs the male hormone ‘testosterone’. When the cancer has spread beyond the prostate to nearby glands or bones (‘metastasised’), its growth can be delayed by stopping testosterone from reaching it. Hormone therapy obviously plays a major role in helping prevent the cancer cells from spreading, and this includes anti-androgen therapy, LHRH agonist injections, as well as surgical removal of the testicles (‘orchidectomy’), though this will only be suggested if absolutely necessary.