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Is chemotherapy considered palliative care for prostate cancer?

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Sometimes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery are considered "palliative" because they ease pain by shrinking tumors.

The goal of all of these is to make your life more comfortable.

SOURCES:

getpalliativecare.org: "Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "ASCO Recommends Palliative Care as a Part of Cancer Treatment," "Palliative Care," "Prostate Cancer: Treatment Options," "Caring for the Symptoms of Cancer and its Treatment."

National Cancer Institute: "Palliative Care in Cancer."

Prostate Cancer UK: "Advanced Prostate Cancer -- Managing Symptoms."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Easing symptoms, fulfilling wishes at the end of life."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 13, 2016

SOURCES:

getpalliativecare.org: "Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "ASCO Recommends Palliative Care as a Part of Cancer Treatment," "Palliative Care," "Prostate Cancer: Treatment Options," "Caring for the Symptoms of Cancer and its Treatment."

National Cancer Institute: "Palliative Care in Cancer."

Prostate Cancer UK: "Advanced Prostate Cancer -- Managing Symptoms."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Easing symptoms, fulfilling wishes at the end of life."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 13, 2016

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