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Prostate Cancer (cont.)

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the also used against prostate cancer.

  • The utility of chemotherapy in the management of metastatic prostate cancer has not been thoroughly defined.
  • This therapeutic option has been explored most in patients with hormone-resistant disease.

Newer chemotherapy medicines, such as docetaxel (Taxotere), have shown some promise in prolonging the survival of some patients with extensive prostate cancer. They may also decrease the pain related to widespread cancer. However, this comes at the cost of significant side effects that may impact quality of life.

Symptom palliation: The primary approach to the management of symptoms in patients with advanced prostate cancer is systemic therapy with hormomal then chemotherapy. Today immunotherapy and radioactive isotope treatments may be used. Radiation to painful bone lesions may be used. Throughout all of this, optimal pain medicine use and other therapies for cancer-related symptoms should be administered. For patients with castrate-resistant prostate cancer, palliative therapy may be indicated to treat symptomatic bone metastases or symptoms arising from progressive disease.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2014
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