DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor has proposed androgen deprivation therapy to treat my prostate cancer. Can you tell me about this treatment?
DEAR READER: Androgens are the family of male sex hormones that includes testosterone. When prostate cancer develops, testosterone contributes to the growth and spread of the tumor. Androgen deprivation therapy deprives cancer cells of this stimulation. Also known as hormonal therapy, it can be a powerful weapon in the fight against prostate cancer.