androgen deprivation therapy

noun

: 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

Examples of androgen deprivation therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The drug was being tested in combination with androgen deprivation therapy and Xtandi in patients with hormone-sensitive prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Ed Silverman, STAT, 25 Jan. 2023 The goal of androgen deprivation therapy with a drug like leuprolide (Lupron or Eligard) is to lower the blood testosterone and decrease stimulus for growth in prostate cancer and other testosterone-sensitive cancers. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of androgen deprivation therapy was in 1956

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“Androgen deprivation therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/androgen%20deprivation%20therapy. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

androgen deprivation therapy

noun
: 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)
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