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Video: Prostate Cancer Chemotherapy & Hormone TherapyWhen are chemotherapy and hormone therapy used to treat prostate cancer? Dr. Larry Bans explains.
Prostate Cancer Chemotherapy & Hormone Therapy
When are chemotherapy and hormone therapy used to treat prostate cancer? Dr. Larry Bans explains.
Chemotherapy Treatments for Prostate Cancer
Chemotherapy (chemo) is the treatment of cancer with drugs that destroy cancer cells and tumors. At CTCA, prostate cancer chemotherapy is typically reserved for patients whose cancer has metastasized to the bone or elsewhere in the body.
In some cases, chemo may be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as radiation, for the treatment of localized prostate cancer. In these cases, a low-dose chemotherapy is used to sensitize the cancer cells to radiation therapy.
The CTCA care team uses a variety of leading chemotherapy drugs, with innovative treatment delivery methods:
- Systemic chemotherapy can be taken by mouth or injected into a vein or muscle, and is designed to reach cancer cells throughout the body.
- Regional chemotherapy is delivered directly into the prostate or another part of the body to target cancer cells in specific areas.
Prostate cancer chemotherapy treatments are individualized for each patient. Your CTCA care team will look at your blood counts and other health indicators to choose the right combination of chemotherapy drugs, along with other prostate cancer treatments, if any.
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