What about combining hormone treatment with radiation?
Men who combine hormone medicines with external beam radiation are more likely to survive their prostate cancer than men who get only radiation. One research study that compared radiation with and without hormone treatment found:
- 100 out of 100 men who combined hormone treatment along with external beam radiation survived their prostate cancer for at least 5 years.
- 94 out of 100 men who had only external beam radiation survived their prostate cancer for at least 5 years.
This research study can’t tell us if combining hormone treatment with external beam radiation cures the cancer. Longer research studies are needed to see all the effects of the treatments.