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Occasionally, hormonal therapies| are used to treat CUP.
Your doctor is most likely to prescribe hormonal therapy if tests show that you may have a cancer that has hormone receptors. These receptors can show up in tests on the cancer cells taken from your biopsy|.
Hormonal therapies work by reducing certain hormones or preventing them from stimulating cancer cells to grow. They are commonly used to treat breast| and prostate| cancer and can also be used to treat cancer of the womb|, kidney| or ovary|. There are a number of hormonal therapies available and your specialist may try a different type if the first one doesn’t work for you.
Content last reviewed: 1 September 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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