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What Should I Expect With Treatment for Metastatic Prostate Cancer?
Metastatic prostate cancer is an advanced form of cancer that has spread to areas of the body outside of the prostate. When prostate cancer is at this metastatic stage, treatment focuses on alleviating cancer symptoms and improving quality of life.
Commonly recommended treatments for advanced-stage prostate cancer
If you’ve been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer, your physicians will consider many factors to determine which treatment is best for you. These factors include the type of prostate cancer, where it has spread, your age and general health and the symptoms you are experiencing. Often, one or more of the following treatments are recommended:
- Radiation therapy, which uses high-energy X-rays to destroy cancer cells
- Surgery, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) to remove part of a tumor that is blocking the urethra to alleviate bladder problems
- Hormone therapy, which controls the amount of testosterone and other hormones produced by the prostate gland to help shrink tumors and relieve bone pain
- Chemotherapy, to help slow the growth of cancer cells
- Immunotherapy to help the immune system fight cancer cells
Receiving prostate cancer treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we treat patients with all stages of prostate cancer. The multispecialty team within our Urologic Oncology Program includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, urologists, uropathologists and many other medical professionals who collaborate as a tumor board to ensure each patient receives an individualized treatment plan tailored to his needs. Moffitt patients also have access to many supportive care professionals at the same location where they receive treatment to help them address the emotional and physical challenges involved with undergoing treatment for metastatic prostate cancer.
If you would like to learn more about receiving metastatic prostate cancer treatment at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form. No referral is necessary to schedule an appointment.