hormone therapy

noun

Definition of hormone therapy

: the therapeutic use of hormones: such as
a : the administration of hormones especially to increase diminished levels in the body especially : hormone replacement therapy
b : therapy involving the use of drugs or surgical procedures to suppress the production of or to inhibit the effects of a hormone (such as estrogen or testosterone) hormone therapy to treat breast or prostate cancer
c : the administration or use of sex hormones (such as estrogen or testosterone) or other agents (such as antiandrogens) to suppress or induce the development of certain secondary sex characteristics to better align with the gender identity of a transgender or gender nonconforming individual Many transgender people take lifelong hormone therapy— Carina Storrs

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Recent Examples on the Web Right now, with the coronavirus pandemic affecting the U.S. Postal Service and restricting doctor's visits, trans people are experiencing even more setbacks to getting the right hormone therapy. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Why This New Coronavirus Study Is Creating A Lot Of Controversy," 30 Apr. 2020 Some are not able to start hormone therapy treatments; others must wait indefinitely for surgeries that took up to two years to schedule. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Teletherapy provides a pandemic lifeline but presents new complications," 27 Mar. 2020 Different forms of radiation are a treatment option, particularly for early-stage cancer or in conjunction with other methods, such as hormone therapy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Conquering reservations about prostate cancer exam could be lifesaving act," 7 Oct. 2019 Lin lobbied the drugmaker Eli Lilly to allow Kraemer to have Verzenio and begin hormone therapy. Kate Pickert, Time, "Why the Women Most Likely to Die of Breast Cancer Have Gotten the Least Attention," 1 Oct. 2019 The boy, James Young, wished to identify as a girl and receive hormone therapy to transition. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Canadian court rules child can start hormone therapy without parental consent," 10 Jan. 2020 Some doctors recommend surgery, pain relievers, hormone therapies, including sending your body into early menopause, but there is no cure for the condition. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Iowa congresswoman reveals painful endometriosis battle, new fight to increase funding," 6 Mar. 2020 The South Dakota legislature is considering the nation’s first law that could send doctors to jail for treating transgender youths younger than 16 with hormone therapy or surgery, and the fight over the legislation is intensifying. BostonGlobe.com, "A GOP lawmaker, the son of an Auschwitz survivor, compared doctors treating transgender children to Nazis. He regrets it.," 28 Jan. 2020 Treatment could include counseling, hormone therapy, surgery or a patient-specific approach from the medical provider. Washington Post, "Bill allows new birth certificate for transgender people," 28 Feb. 2020

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2020

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“Hormone therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hormone%20therapy. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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hormone therapy

noun
variants: or hormonal therapy

Medical Definition of hormone therapy

: the therapeutic use of hormones: as
a : the administration of hormones especially to increase diminished levels in the body especially : hormone replacement therapy
b : therapy involving the use of drugs or surgical procedures to suppress the production of or inhibit the effects of a hormone (as estrogen or testosterone) hormone therapy to treat breast or prostate cancer
c : the administration or use of sex hormones or other agents (as antiandrogens) to suppress or induce the development of certain secondary sex characteristics to better align with the gender identity of an individual Many transgender people take lifelong hormone therapy— Carina Storrs

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