Antiandrogens for Prostate Cancer
How It Works
Androgens are hormones. Antiandrogens are drugs that block the action of these hormones. In Reference prostate cancer Opens New Window, they block the action of Reference testosterone Opens New Window made by the testicles and/or adrenal glands. This usually slows prostate cancer growth.
There are steroidal antiandrogens and "pure" antiandrogens. The steroidal antiandrogens include megestrol (Megace). The "pure" or nonsteroidal antiandrogens include bicalutamide (Casodex), flutamide, and nilutamide (Nilandron).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: September 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology