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Hormone therapy is a treatment that adds, blocks or removes hormones.

During this type of treatment, surgery may be needed to remove a gland that makes a certain hormone. In some cases, hormones may be given to adjust low hormone levels. Synthetic hormones or other drugs may be used to block the body’s natural hormones in order to slow or stop the growth of certain cancers. This may be done for prostate and breast cancer. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks (such as osteoporosis) of this type of treatment. If you want to get pregnant after undergoing this type of treatment, ask about risks and recommended waiting periods.