How is metastatic prostate cancer treated?

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Metastatic prostate cancer treatments are to keep the cancer under control and to improve your quality of life, rather than to cure it. Sometimes the cancer and its symptoms can be kept under control for many years. For some men, living with metastatic prostate cancer is like living with a chronic (long-term) illness. Read more about the side-effects and symptoms of metastatic prostate cancer

Hormone therapy for metastatic prostate cancer

Injections or tablets to control the cancer. This is the main treatment for metastatic prostate cancer. Read more about hormone therapy.

Other treatments for metastatic prostate cancer

You may have other treatments, in combination with your hormone therapy or as an alternative:

Chemotherapy: Drugs to slow down and control the growth of the cancer. 

Radiotherapy: X-ray treatments or injections to control the disease and relieve symptoms. Read more about radiotherapy for metastatic prostate cancer.

Bone-strengthening drugs: Tablets to prevent and treat bone problems.

A medical oncologist is a doctor who specialises in treating cancer with drug treatments. These are often used for advanced (metastatic) cancer.

Palliative care

Palliative care doctors and nurses are experts in managing the symptoms of advanced cancer, such as pain, tiredness or constipation. They are also very experienced in supporting you emotionally with the knowledge that your cancer has advanced and your worries around this. They are also called the symptom control team. 

Having palliative care doesn’t mean that you’re at the end of your life. The expertise of the palliative care team means that existing symptoms can be better managed and new problems can be spotted and treated early, to help you to feel as well as possible, including while you are having other active treatments like chemotherapy. 

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