Chemotherapy and Prostate Cancer

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Chemotherapy and Prostate Cancer

  1. 1.  One of the most common cancers in men over the age of 50, prostate cancer is highly treatable, especially in cases with an early diagnosis. For many patients with prostate cancer, active surveillance every three to six months is enough to control the spread of the disease. Patients in more advanced stages of prostate cancer, however, may benefit from chemotherapy treatment.
  2. 2.  Typically administered either orally or intravenously, chemotherapy drugs are cancer-fighting substances that spread to organs via the bloodstream. If prostate cancer spreads outside the prostate gland and fails to respond to hormone therapy, doctors may recommend the use of chemotherapy to control tumor growth. In many cases, physicians will prescribe docetaxel alongside the steroid drug prednisone. If the first course of treatment fails to target the cancer, doctors may replace docetaxel with another drug, such as cabazitaxel, mitoxantrone, or doxorubicin.

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