DD, Aged 17

    When people would talk they didn't know what to say which was understandable.  more...


    Mimi - 15 years old

    I lost myself doing stupid things, angry and sad and depressed at everything. I ended up failing my classes, not caring about school, and getting into fights.  more...


    Chelsea - 14 years old

    I stuck my head round the door in the room mum was in, and she looked really ill. I couldn't understand what was happening - one minute my mum was fine and the next she was ill.  more...


    Clair - aged 14

    Something I wish is I could just have one more day with my dad! - to tell him how much I love him and how sorry I am for all the bad things I have said and done to him!  more...


    Nicole - 17 years old

    This time the doctors are unable to operate. He has already had 6 sessions of chemo and is having another 6 sessions. I cannot help feeling I may lose him.  more...


    Rirrif - 15 years old

    I have been staying with my dad because my mom doesn't want me around when she is sick, which is all the time. My dad works at night so I spend a lot of time alone since I'm not with my mom. I'm afraid she is going to die and I'll blame myself for not being there more. more...


    HT - 13 years old

    She has been so strong about this and is keen to put it all behind her.  more...

Hormone Therapy

Inside our body is a network of glands that make different types of substances called hormones. One of their jobs is to send messages to cells that affect how cells behave and grow.

Sometimes hormones tell cells to divide and grow when they shouldn’t and in that way they can help certain cancers to develop and grow. We call these types of cancers hormone sensitive or hormone dependent. Therefore it may sound strange that we can use hormones to treat cancer as well. The clever thing is that if a person has a cancer that uses one type of hormone to grow, then we can give them another type of hormone that works against that hormone. So by giving hormone treatment to these types of cancers, the hormone in the treatment can either stop the damaging hormones being made or it can interfere with the message from the damaging hormones so that they don’t tell cancer cells to keep dividing and growing. Common cancers that can be hormone sensitive are for example breast cancer and prostate cancer. Hormone therapy can only be used if the cancer is hormone sensitive or hormone dependent.

To help you find out more, we have linked to Maggie’s CancerLinks where you will be signposted to high quality information about different types of treatment, including hormone treatment.

Please get in touch with us if you have any worries or questions related to cancer.

Page updated 17 July 2017