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What can I expect after hormonal therapy?

Hormonal therapy may cure your condition or reduce your symptoms so you can lead an active, normal life. Hormonal therapy may also reduce the risk of a more serious condition in some cases. For example, hormonal therapy can prevent the spread of prostate cancer to other areas of the body.

Hormonal therapy requires long-term or lifelong follow-up. You will need regular blood tests to measure levels of hormones in your body. Your doctor must also monitor your condition regularly with physical exams and possibly other tests.   

When should I call my doctor?

Contact your doctor for questions and concerns between appointments. It is important to call your doctor if you have any new symptoms, even if they seem minor.

Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Sep 12, 2016

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  2. Growth Disorders. The Endocrine Society. http://www.hormone.org/Growth/growth.cfm
  3. Growth Hormone Excess & Deficiency Treatment: Hormone Therapy. The Endocrine Society. http://www.hormone.org/Growth/treatment.cfm
  4. Hyperthyroidism. The Endocrine Society. http://www.hormone.org/Thyroid/hyperthyroidism.cfm
  5. Pituitary Disorders Treatment Options. The Endocrine Society. http://www.hormone.org/Pituitary/treatment.cfm.
  6. Primary Hyperparathyroidism. The Endocrine Society. http://www.hormone.org/Other/upload/primary-hyperparathyroidiam-bilingual-030110.pdf.

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