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What are the treatments for stage IV prostate cancer?

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In this stage, treatments may include:

  • Hormone therapy, which is often combined with surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy
  • Surgery
  • External radiation with or without hormone therapy
  • Chemotherapy, if standard treatments don’t relieve symptoms and the cancer continues to grow.
  • Bisphosphonate drugs,
  • The vaccine sipuleucel-T (Provenge) might be used when hormone therapy doesn’t work.
  • Palliative care, which offers you relief from symptoms like pain and trouble peeing
  • Clinical trials that test new treatments.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Prostrate Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Understanding Radiation Therapy,” “Initial treatment of prostate cancer by stage.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Treatment Options.”

Center to Advance Palliative Care: “Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Prostrate Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Understanding Radiation Therapy,” “Initial treatment of prostate cancer by stage.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Treatment Options.”

Center to Advance Palliative Care: “Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

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