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How Chemotherapy Drugs Block Blood Vessel Growth, Slow Cancer Spread

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How Chemotherapy Drugs Block Blood Vessel Growth, Slow Cancer Spread ScienceDaily (Jan. 25, 2009) — Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered how a whole class READ MORE

Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer:Chemotherapy is not used often to treat prostat...

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Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer What Should You Know About Prostate Cancer Chemotherapy? By Matthew Schmitz, M.D., About.com Updated: January 9, 2009 About.com Health's Disease and Condition cont READ MORE


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Chemotherapy Chemotherapy is the use of powerful and toxic drugs to attack cancer cells and is usually administered by a medical oncologist. The drugs circulate throughout the body in the bloodstream READ MORE
Chemotherapy is not used often to treat prostate cancer. There are two specific sets of circumstances where it is employed, however. For “hormone-refractory” prostate cancer. Prostate cancer that has stopped responding to hormone therapy is said to be “hormone-refractory.” Once this point has been reached, hormone therapies will have only minimal benefit in controlling the growth of the cancer. Therefore, systemic therapies such as chemotherapy are used.http://prostatecancer.lessonstudio.ca/images/buttons/save.png For advanced prostate cancer that has metastasized (spread) to areas of the body distant from the prostate. Prostate cancer that has spread far from the prostate has reached an advanced stage that is not easily curable with surgery, radiation, or other standard treatments. In order to treat the cancer wherever it has spread in the body, a systemic treatment such as chemotherapy is needed
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