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Drug recommended to prevent prostate cancer in some older men; Finasteride may ...

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Drug recommended to prevent prostate cancer in some older men Finasteride may cut the risk for men over 55 who are considered more likely to get the disease, a medical panel recommends. By Thomas H. READ MORE

Zoladex Prostate cancer drug gives hope to 'untreatable' patients

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Prostate cancer drug gives hope to 'untreatable' patients By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor Tuesday, 22 July 2008 Scientists have unveiled a new drug for prostate cancer which they say could READ MORE

FDA Approves New Drug for Advanced Prostate Cancer -Degarelix

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FDA Approves New Drug for Advanced Prostate Cancer Article date: 2009/01/13 The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new drug for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Degarel READ MORE
Various drugs have been employed in the fight against prostate cancer. hormonal therapy is often discussed Some drugs used in hormone therapy decrease your body's production of testosterone. The hormones — known as luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) agonists — can set up a chemical blockade. This blockade prevents the testicles from receiving messages to make testosterone. Drugs typically used in this type of hormone therapy include leuprolide (Lupron, Viadur) and goserelin (Zoladex). They're injected into a muscle or under your skin once every three or four months. You can receive them for a few months, a few years or the rest of your life, depending on your situation. Other drugs used in hormone therapy block your body's ability to use testosterone. A small amount of testosterone comes from the adrenal glands and isn't suppressed by LH-RH agonists. Certain medications — known as anti-androgens — can prevent testosterone from reaching your cancer cells. Examples include bicalutamide (Casodex) and nilutamide (Nilandron). They come in tablet form and, depending on the particular brand of drug, are taken orally one to three times a day. These drugs typically are given along with an LH-RH agonist. Simply depriving prostate cancer of testosterone usually doesn't kill all of the cancer cells. Within a few years, the cancer often learns to thrive without testosterone. Once this happens, hormone therapy is less likely to be effective. However, several treatment options still exist. To avoid such resistance, intermittent hormone therapy programs have been developed. During this type of therapy, the hormonal drugs are stopped after your PSA drops to a low level and remains steady. You will need to resume taking the drugs if your PSA level rises again.
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