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hormone therapy (HOR-mone THAYR-uh-pee)

Treatment that adds, blocks, or removes hormones. For certain conditions (such as diabetes or
menopause), hormones are given to adjust low hormone levels. To slow or stop the growth of
certain cancers (such as prostate and breast cancer), synthetic hormones or other drugs may be
given to block the body’s natural hormones. Sometimes surgery is needed to remove the gland
that makes a certain hormone. Also called endocrine therapy, hormonal therapy, and hormone
treatment.

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