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What is a cancer vaccine and how does it treat advanced prostate cancer?

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One of the newest ways to treat advanced prostate cancer is to get the body's immune system to attack the cancer cells. Doctors do this with a vaccine called sipuleucel-T (Provenge). It's an option for men when hormone therapy no longer works. The vaccine is custom-made for each man. Scientists don't know if it slows or stops the cancer's growth, but it does seem to help men live longer.

From: Advanced Prostate Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society: "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer," "Preventing and treating prostate cancer spread to bones," "Vaccine treatment for prostate cancer," "What is metastatic cancer?" "When Cancer Doesn't Go Away."

ClinicalTrials.gov: "Learn About Clinical Studies."

National Cancer Institute: "Cancer Vaccines."

UpToDate.com: "Patient information: Treatment for advanced prostate cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Bone-targeted Therapy," "Chemotherapy," "Hormonal Therapy," "What Are the Symptoms of Advanced Prostate Cancer?" "What is Advanced Prostate Cancer?"

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer," "Preventing and treating prostate cancer spread to bones," "Vaccine treatment for prostate cancer," "What is metastatic cancer?" "When Cancer Doesn't Go Away."

ClinicalTrials.gov: "Learn About Clinical Studies."

National Cancer Institute: "Cancer Vaccines."

UpToDate.com: "Patient information: Treatment for advanced prostate cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Bone-targeted Therapy," "Chemotherapy," "Hormonal Therapy," "What Are the Symptoms of Advanced Prostate Cancer?" "What is Advanced Prostate Cancer?"

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 1, 2018

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