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What is the goal of palliative care for advanced prostate cancer?

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One of the most important goals of palliative care is easing the physical symptoms of the cancer itself and any side effects from treatment. Some of the prostate cancer symptoms you can get help with are:

Different pain relief drugs can help, and palliative care specialists are trained to spend time to pick the right medicine for your needs.

  • Trouble urinating or needing to urinate often
  • Problems with erections or ejaculation
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Pain in your lower back, hips, and upper thighs

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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