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Surgical Castration Prostate Cancer


Surgical castration is also known as orchiectomy or orchidectomy and entails the removal of a man's testicles. Surgical castration is a type of prostate cancer hormone therapy which is nonreversible. Historically, surgical castration was the only type of hormone therapy available for the treatment of prostate cancer; hormone therapy, therefore was used only after every other treatment option had been exhausted. Orchiectomy is still used today due to both cost and side effects. Orchiectomy is less expensive than chemical castration through the LHRH agonist and LHRH antagonist. Many men also find that the side effects of orchiectomy are also fewer and less severe than those of chemical castration.

 

 



 
 

 
 
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