androgen deprivation therapy

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Definition of androgen deprivation therapy

: therapy for prostate cancer that severely reduces the body's production of androgens and especially testosterone through the administration of drugs or through surgical removal of the testicles

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1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Androgen deprivation therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/androgen%20deprivation%20therapy. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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androgen deprivation therapy

noun

Medical Definition of androgen deprivation therapy

: therapy for prostate cancer that severely reduces the body's production of androgens and especially testosterone through the administration of drugs (such as flutamide and leuprolide) or through surgical removal of the testicles Androgen deprivation therapy works by lowering levels of male hormones, including testosterone, which can spur prostate cancer cells to grow. This is often done with drugs, though some men have their testicles removed. — Andy Dworkin, The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), 4 Apr. 2006

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