A resource to help inform and organize you as you go through chemotherapy treatment for your cancer.
Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer
Customized chemotherapy treatment for prostate cancer.
Chemotherapy is the treatment most commonly associated with cancer, but not every prostate cancer patient will need it. Our medical oncologists specialize in prostate cancer and will work closely with you to customize the most appropriate treatment for your prostate cancer.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to damage or destroy cancer cells. We inject or infuse a combination of medications into the bloodstream to attack cancer cells in the prostate or, if the cancer has spread, in other areas of the body. It may be used alongside treatments such as prostate cancer surgery or radiation therapy.
Types of prostate cancer chemotherapy
Our medical oncologists track the latest in prostate cancer chemotherapy treatments, so you get the most advanced therapy possible. There are a few terms to understand about types of chemotherapy:
- Adjuvant chemotherapy: We often administer this treatment after prostate cancer surgery to reduce the risk of cancer returning. This chemotherapy is used to kill any remaining cancer cells that may have spread or were not seen during surgery.
- Neoadjuvant chemotherapy: This treatment takes often place before prostate cancer surgery to shrink large tumors, so less extensive surgery will be required. This type of chemotherapy can decrease the risk of the cancer returning. Also, it can kill cancer cells that are unseen because they have moved away from the original tumor site.