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Understanding Prostate Cancer -- Diagnosis & Treatment

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Chemotherapy and vaccines are effective for some men with advanced prostate cancer who didn’t do well on hormone therapy. Provenge is a new prostate cancer vaccine that helps men with advanced prostate cancer live longer. Unlike most vaccines, Provenge is used for treatment, not prevention. Provenge doesn't cure prostate cancer. It stimulates the immune system to fight the cancer. 

The goal of prostate cancer treatment is long-term survival, and that is likelier in men diagnosed with early prostate cancer. All prostate cancer survivors should be examined regularly and have their PSA and testosterone levels monitored closely.

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on March 31, 2014
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