Home Remedy For Prostate Disorders – Self Care Tips To Cure Enlarged Prostate Part 1Written by admin on October 22nd, 2011
If you just learned that you or a loved one has advanced prostate cancer, you may have many questions and concerns. By taking the time to research your condition, you’ve taken a good first step. Here are answers to the most common questions. After looking over these answers, click on other articles in this guide to find in-depth information about treatments, side effects, and other issues that affect you and your family.
What is advanced prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is defined as ‘advanced’ when it spreads outside the prostate gland. It may spread to nearby tissues, lymph nodes, bones, or other parts of the body. It is also called metastatic prostate cancer.
Can advanced prostate cancer be cured?
Currently, no cure exists for advanced prostate cancer. Men can benefit, however, in several ways. Some treatments slow the growth of the cancer. Others reduce symptoms caused by the disease. Until recently, no therapy was offered to prolong life. However, the recently approved chemotherapy drug Taxotere, when taken with the steroid prednisone, has been proven to extend survival by several months. Taxotere is approved only for men with cancer that no longer responds to hormone therapy (called hormone refractory prostate cancer).
In addition, Provenge, a “”vaccine”" for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer, does appear to extend survival — by months for most patients, by years for some. Provenge isn’t your everyday vaccine. It’s an immune therapy created by harvesting immune cells from a patient, genetically engineering them to fight prostate cancer, and then infusing them back into the patient. It’s approved only for treatment of patients with few or no symptoms who have prostate cancer that has spread outside the prostate and no longer responds to hormone therapy.
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