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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Hormonal contraceptives and other forms of hormone therapy are common treatments for endometriosis. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How Does Endometriosis Impact Fertility?," 8 Feb. 2019 For the study, the 67% of women showing an intermediate risk of recurrence had surgery and hormone therapy and half of them also received chemo. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Thousands of women could forgo chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer, study says," 3 June 2018 The final type of hormone therapy relies on aromatase inhibitors, which are drugs that block an enzyme called aromatase that turns other hormones into estrogen. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Are My Options for Ovarian Cancer Treatment?," 13 Dec. 2018 He also might have needed hormone therapy since his pituitary gland wasn't working. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, ""Miracle Baby" Born Without a Nose Dies at Just Two Years Old," 6 June 2017 All had surgery and hormone therapy, and half also got chemo. Marilynn Marchione, BostonGlobe.com, "Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study says," 3 June 2018 All had surgery and hormone therapy, and half also got chemo. CBS News, "Many breast cancer patients can safely skip chemotherapy, major study finds," 3 June 2018 Other news: '25 Again' doctor’s license on the line in attack on hormone therapyThe gas station was first deemed a public nuisance in March 2017, according to a letter from the city's codes and regulations department. Darcy Costello And Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "City slaps busy gas station with first-of-its-kind order to vacate," 18 June 2018 For some who are transitioning, hormone therapy is sufficient. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "What is medically necessary treatment for gender-affirming health care?," 31 May 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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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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