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Glossary: androgen-independent, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

androgen-independent

(AN-droh-jen...)

Describes the ability of tumor cells to grow in the absence of androgens (hormones that promote the development and maintenance of male sex characteristics). Many early prostate cancers require androgens for growth, but advanced prostate cancers are often androgen-independent.

2003-12-23

2007-03-09