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What is a prostate cancer vaccine and how does it work?

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Cancer vaccines work by boosting your body's defenses so it can fight an infection. The prostate cancer vaccine gets your immune system to attack cancer cells. This treatment works best if you’ve tried hormone therapy and it isn't working anymore. The vaccine is custom-made for you. Scientists don’t know if it stops or slows down the cancer’s growth, but it does seem to help men live longer with prostate cancer.

From: Your Treatment Options WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for prostate cancer," "Cryotherapy for prostate cancer," "Expectant management, watchful waiting, and active surveillance for prostate cancer," "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer," "How is prostate cancer treated?" "Preventing and treating prostate cancer spread to bones," "Surgery for prostate cancer," "Vaccine treatment for prostate cancer."

CDC: "How is prostate cancer treated?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Cryotherapy for Prostate Conditions."

National Cancer Institute: "Cancer Vaccines," "Treatment Choices for Men With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer."

UptoDate.com: "Patient information: Prostate cancer treatment; stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Chemotherapy," "Hormonal Therapy," "How is Prostate Cancer Treated?"

UpToDate: “Cryotherapy and other ablative techniques for the initial treatment of prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for prostate cancer," "Cryotherapy for prostate cancer," "Expectant management, watchful waiting, and active surveillance for prostate cancer," "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer," "How is prostate cancer treated?" "Preventing and treating prostate cancer spread to bones," "Surgery for prostate cancer," "Vaccine treatment for prostate cancer."

CDC: "How is prostate cancer treated?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Cryotherapy for Prostate Conditions."

National Cancer Institute: "Cancer Vaccines," "Treatment Choices for Men With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer."

UptoDate.com: "Patient information: Prostate cancer treatment; stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Chemotherapy," "Hormonal Therapy," "How is Prostate Cancer Treated?"

UpToDate: “Cryotherapy and other ablative techniques for the initial treatment of prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

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