Anti – androgens
are a type of prostate cancer hormone therapy. The use
of an anti-androgen
will fill the receptors in the nuclei of prostate cells.
These receptors are usually how prostate cells receive
testosterone which fuels their growth as well as the
growth of prostate cancer. Preventing the reception
of testosterone can slow or even stop the growth and
extension of prostate cancer for a period of time. Unlike
surgical castration and medical castration, anti –
androgens to not ablate hormones that are circulating
through the blood stream. Because the actual levels
of hormones do not drop, some men experience fewer or
less severe side effects, especially those side effects
of a sexual nature.