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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?

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
  • Infections
  • Blood clots
  • Diarrhea
  • Bruising or bleeding
  • Fatigue

Contact Us About Prostate Cancer Care

To learn more about prostate cancer care or to make an appointment, you can: