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Prostate Cancer
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Chemotherapy

Prostate Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy may be used in advanced prostate cancer, if the disease has extended to other parts of the body. Prostate Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy may be used in advanced prostate cancer, if the disease has extended to other parts of the body.

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Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Recurrent prostate cancer that has stopped responding to treatment may benefit from chemotherapy. Recurrent
Prostate Cancer

Recurrent prostate cancer that has stopped responding to treatment may benefit from chemotherapy.

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Salvage Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is administered orally, or by a computerized pump, or by frequent injections at a doctor’s office. Salvage Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is administered orally, or by a computerized pump, or by frequent injections at a doctor’s office.

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Effects
of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy may relieve pain and slow tumor growth in advanced stages of prostate cancer. Effects
of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy may relieve pain and slow tumor growth in advanced stages of prostate cancer.

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Chemotherapy
Side Effects

Chemotherapy may cause nausea, hair loss, vomiting, and mouth sores. Chemotherapy Side Effects

Chemotherapy may cause nausea, hair loss, vomiting, and mouth sores.

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Prostate News

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Chemotherapy
Videos

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Chemotherapy
Experience


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Brachytherapy

Cryosurgery &
Cryotherapy

Hormone
Therapy

Radiation
Therapy

Prostatectomy

Robotic Prostatectomy

Watchful
Waiting

Complementary
and
Alternative Medicine

High Intensity
Focused
Ultrasound (HIFU)

Emerging Technologies

 

Chemotherapy and Prostate Cancer Patients

Patients who want to pursue chemotherapy as a prostate cancer treatment should know that chemotherapy is usually only used for patients who exhibit these characteristics:

The severe and possibly dangerous side effects associated with the use of chemotherapy outweigh the possible benefits. In more recent cases, however, some doctors have used chemotherapy with positive benefits before their patients reach these stages. Prostate cancer patients who are interested in pursuing chemotherapy should speak with their doctors.

Chemotherapy and Early Prostate Cancer
In many cases, prostate cancer grows usually very slowly. The slow growth of prostate cancer cells is uncommon in the world of cancers, and the slow cell division leaves prostate cancer unharmed during the introduction of chemotherapy drugs. Chemotherapy works by targeting cells that grow much more quickly, such as the ones in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and in hair follicles. Patients undergoing chemotherapy for another type of cancer will often lose their hair and experience side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea. Cells that do not reproduce quickly are able to repair the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapy before cell division.

Chemotherapy and Advanced Prostate Cancer
As a prostate cancer treatment, chemotherapy is used more for those who are in advanced stages of prostate cancer with distant bone metastasis. Once prostate cancer metastasizes to the bones, the cancerous cells divide more quickly and can be very painful. Chemotherapy, especially when used in conjunction with drugs, such as prednisone, is capable of relieving this pain. Chemotherapy is usually the last salvage treatment doctors are willing to consider for their patients.

Chemotherapy, however, can be a useful drug in extending the life and the quality of life for prostate cancer patients. For patients who have long been diagnosed with prostatic adenocarcinoma, should not look at chemotherapy as their last chance, but another way to slow the growth of prostate cancer. The severe side effects are usually the reason doctors hold off chemotherapy for their patients as long as possible. Other treatments, such as brachytherapy have been proven more effective and less damaging to the healthy tissues of the human body.

Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer
When a primary treatment fails to eliminate prostate cancer, the next step will usually be hormone therapy before chemotherapy. Hormone therapy does not cure prostate cancer; hormones or lack of hormones will not ablate the cancerous cells. Removing the androgen or the body’s ability to use androgen slows the growth of the prostate cells. Eventually, however, patients will develop an anti-androgen resistance and the cells begin to grow again. Sometimes, removing a patient from an anti-androgen and re-flooding the body with testosterone will, for reasons that remain a mystery, slow the growth again. When this form of hormone therapy fails, it is called hormone refractory prostate cancer. Chemotherapy will then be the next step to try and control the growth of the disease. Remember, salvage therapy is used for cases of recurrent prostate cancer, and in many cases, prostate cancer will recur. Once a patient has left the earlier T1 and T2 states of the disease, it is very unlikely that one single therapy care cure them.

 
 
 

 
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