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What are new therapies for prostate cancer?

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Scientists also are studying other types of treatment in clinical trials. They test new therapies to see if they’re safe and if they work. Some of the ones researchers are looking into now include:

Ask your doctor if you might benefit from joining one of these trials.

  • Cryotherapy or cryosurgery: They treat cancer located only in the prostate. Doctors use probes that give off extreme cold to freeze the tumor’s cells.
  • High-intensity focused ultrasound: The opposite of cryotherapy, this treatment uses a probe that gives off high heat, which kills cancer.
  • Proton beam radiation therapy: A type of radiation, it uses very small particles to attack and kill cancer cells that haven’t spread.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Can Prostate Cancer be Found Early?;” “Considering Prostate Cancer Treatment Options;” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer;” “How is Prostate Cancer Treated?;” “Prostate Cancer;” and “What is Prostate Cancer?”

National Cancer Institute: “Prostate Cancer Treatment.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Other Treatment Options;” “Prostatectomy (Surgery);” “Radiation Therapy;” “Side Effects;” and “Treatment Options.”

UpToDate: “Bone metastases in advanced prostate cancer: Management.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 26, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Can Prostate Cancer be Found Early?;” “Considering Prostate Cancer Treatment Options;” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer;” “How is Prostate Cancer Treated?;” “Prostate Cancer;” and “What is Prostate Cancer?”

National Cancer Institute: “Prostate Cancer Treatment.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Other Treatment Options;” “Prostatectomy (Surgery);” “Radiation Therapy;” “Side Effects;” and “Treatment Options.”

UpToDate: “Bone metastases in advanced prostate cancer: Management.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 26, 2019

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