also known as surgical castration or orchiectomy and
entails the removal of a man’s testicles. Orchidectomy
is a type of prostate cancer hormone therapy which is
nonreversible. Historically, orchidectomy 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.
Orchidectomy is still used today due to both cost and
side effects. Orchidectomy is less expensive than chemical
castration through the LHRH agonist and LHRH antagonist.
Many men also find that the side effects of orchidectomy
are also fewer and less severe than those of chemical