Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate specific body functions. Certain cancers use hormones to help them grow. Hormonal therapy is used in cancer treatment to interfere with the activity of certain hormones that can influence the growth of tumors.
Though hormonal therapy is not considered an effective treatment for kidney cancer, it may be used to ease pain or other symptoms caused by metastatic cancer.
Therapies for advanced kidney cancer. Kidney Cancer Association website. Available at: http://www.kidneycancer.org/knowledge/learn/therapies-for-advanced-kidney-cancer. Accessed January 3, 2017.
Last reviewed December 2016 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
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