Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer
Chemo is a drug that's put into the bloodstream to attack cancer cells.
Doctors often don't recommend it for early-stage prostate cancer. But they may prescribe it if cancer has spread beyond the prostate, or if other treatments aren't working.
Chemotherapy Methods for Prostate Cancer
Based on the type and stage of prostate cancer, you might receive chemo:
- By mouth through a pill.
- With a shot.
- Directly into the tumor site.
What to Expect During Chemotherapy?
- A doctor or nurse will give you chemo in cycles, so your body has time to rest between treatments.
- The length of treatment depends on what medications your doctor gives you, and how your body is responding.
- You might have treatment in a hospital, a doctor's office, or at home.
Side effects of chemo for prostate cancer
Side effects depend on the type and amount of chemo drugs you take.
They can include:
- Hair loss
- Allergic reactions
- Mouth sores
- Loss of appetite
- Blood clots
- Bruising or bleeding
Contact Us About Prostate Cancer Care
To learn more about prostate cancer care or to make an appointment, you can:
- Call 412-647-2811
- Contact a UPMC Hillman Cancer Center near you.