androgen-deprivation therapy

Definition of androgen deprivation

androgen deprivation

(AN-droh-jen DEH-prih-VAY-shun)
Treatment to suppress or block the production or action of male hormones. This is done by having the testicles removed, by taking female sex hormones, or by taking drugs called antiandrogens. Also called androgen ablation and androgen suppression.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms