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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Castración quirúrgica

Surgical castration
Surgical removal of the testicles (orchiectomy) or ovaries (oophorectomy) to stop the production of sex hormones. Decreasing the levels of hormones may stop the growth of certain cancers.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.