Ways to Treat Advanced Prostate Cancer

September 15, 2009

Prostate cancer starts as a tumor grows in the prostate. Prostate Cancer that spreads outside the prostate gland to the lymph nodes, bones, or further areas is called metastatic prostate cancer. Regrettably at this time, no treatments can cure advanced prostate cancer. Doctors however do have ways to help manage its spread and related symptoms.

Any methods that slow down advanced prostate cancer usually have a good deal of side effects that can sometimes be more exhausting than the prostate cancer itself. Older people usually decide not to undergo treatment for advance prostate cancer because of these side effects.

Hormone Therapy used to Treat Prostate Cancer:

Testosterone the male hormone stimulates prostate cancer growth. Reducing testosterone levels is usually the first form of treatment if the prostate cancer has spread to other parts of the body. A reduction in testosterone can reduce the growth of prostate cancer cells and shrink prostate cancer tumors. Hormone therapy has risks including loss of sex drive, impotence and weakened bones. Typically most patients using hormone therapy to treat prostate cancer become less responsive to its benefits over time (hormone therapy resistance).More…

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