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Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate specific body functions. They are produced by various glands in the body and enter the blood stream, where they travel to other tissues and exert their influence. Hormonal therapy is used in cancer treatment to augment or interfere with the activity of certain hormones that can influence the growth of tumors.

Hormone therapy may be ordered to treat some patients with advanced-stage kidney cancer to help control cell growth and manage symptoms.

Hormone therapy is not considered an effective treatment for kidney cancer.

Revision Information

  • American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp?level=0 .

  • Bast R, Kufe D, et al, eds. Cancer Medicine . 5th ed. Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker Inc; 2000.

  • Kidney Cancer Association website. Available at: http://www.kidneycancerassociation.org .

  • National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov .