Advanced prostate cancer
When prostate cancer has spread to other areas of the body such as lymph nodes and bones it is known as metastatic disease and a curative treatment will not be possible. In this situation it is usually possible to control the symptoms of prostate cancer and slow its progression usually for some years.
There are today a number of different options for treating advanced prostate cancer and treatment will depend on a number of factors which will be decided by the specialist oncology or cancer team and will take into account the general health of an individual as well as deciding which type of treatment may be most effective.
Hormonal therapy tends to be the first line treatment for metastatic prostate cancer and is usually able to reduce symptoms and cancer in the areas that may be affected. However the cancer may become resistant to this type of treatment after some time and subsequent treatment will be needed.
The use of any type of treatment will be discussed carefully with men by an oncologist and will depend on factors such as medical or general health fitness. Men may also be invited to take part in a clinical trial
Last reviewed October 2021. Next review November 2022.
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