Advanced prostate cancer

Advanced prostate cancer is cancer that has spread from the prostate to other parts of the body. You may also hear it called 'metastatic' prostate cancer.

It is not possible to cure advanced prostate cancer, but you will be offered hormone therapy, which can often keep your cancer under control for several years.

Advanced prostate cancer can cause symptoms and there are treatments available to manage these. Let your doctor or nurse know if any symptoms, for example bone pain or urinary problems, get worse, or if you develop any new symptoms.

Ask your doctor or nurse if you have any questions about treatments. Or, you can call our Specialist Nurses.

Treatments for advanced prostate cancer

Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy helps control prostate cancer by stopping the hormone testosterone from reaching the prostate cancer cells. It does not cure cancer but can keep it under control, sometimes for several years. It can also help to manage symptoms. You might have hormone therapy on its own, or with other treatments such as radiotherapy or brachytherapy.

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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses anti-cancer drugs to kill the cancer cells. It won’t get rid of your prostate cancer, but can help to control or delay symptoms, and helps some men to live longer. You may have chemotherapy alongside other treatments such as hormone therapy, steroids, radiotherapy for advanced cancer and bisphosphonates.

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Abiraterone

Abiraterone (Zytiga®) is a new type of hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has spread to other parts of the body (advanced prostate cancer) and has stopped responding to other hormone therapy treatments. It is used to help control symptoms and not to cure prostate cancer.

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Clinical trials

If you have prostate cancer, you might have the chance to take part in a clinical trial. A clinical trial is a type of medical research. It aims to find new and improved ways of preventing, diagnosing, treating and controlling illnesses. Clinical trials test medicines, medical procedures or medical equipment. People are involved in a controlled and carefully planned way. This is the best way of finding out whether a new treatment is better than the current standard treatment.

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Bisphosphonates

Bisphosphonates are drugs that can be used to treat men whose prostate cancer has spread to the bones and is no longer responding to hormone therapy. They do not treat the cancer itself but they can help to relieve bone pain. Bisphosphonates may also help to prevent and slow down the breakdown of bone.

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