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Cytotoxic therapy

As opposed to hormonal therapy which is primarily cytostatic (prevents cancer cells from growing), cytotoxic therapy is designed to kill the cancer cells. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are examples of cytotoxic treatments.

Heretofore, the treatment of advanced stage, metastatic disease centered around palliation because there was no recognized therapy that provided any survival benefit to the patient. Prior to recent developments, the only approved treatment for advanced prostate cancer was the combination of mitoxantrone (Novantrone) and prednisone, which didn't improve survival but provided significant relief from the pain associated with advanced stage disease.

Additionally there are several research studies in work utilizing the new standard with various agents; however, it is important to understand the imperatives associated with advanced stage therapeutic approaches. An interview with Dr. David Agus should help to achieve the perspective necessary for informed choice.

 

 

 

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