Understanding Your Road

What's Fueling the Cancer?

If you have mCRPC, your tumor may be fueled by androgens. Androgens are hormones – primarily produced in the testes, and also made in the adrenal glands – that contribute to male characteristics, like your baritone voice, muscle tone and facial hair. However, for men with mCRPC, androgens can play a negative role by helping to fuel tumor survival.

Research has shown that tumors are capable of producing their own additional androgen to help fuel themselves. Some mCRPC treatments attempt to slow or stop production of the hormones, basically depriving the tumor of the androgens fueling it.