How Does Prostate Cancer Chemotherapy Work? | Prolonged Survival & Improved Cure Rates | PCRI

Chemotherapy is typically thought of as a last resort in patients with advanced disease; however, new studies are showing that chemotherapy has greater benefits when it is used earlier in the course of advanced disease; moreover, chemotherapy can even enhance cure rates in men with newly-diagnosed unfavorable high-risk disease. Here, Alex asks Dr. Scholz about these recent revelations about chemotherapy, the side effects of chemo for prostate cancer (Taxotere and Jevtana), PSA monitoring, and more.

0:09 Why is chemotherapy different in prostate cancer compared to other cancers?

2:05 Which stages of prostate cancer may involve the use of chemotherapy as part of treatment?

3:03 Does PSMA allow patients to start chemotherapy earlier?

4:02 What are the side effects of chemotherapy?

4:58 Which is better: Taxotere and Jevtana?

5:57 How long does chemotherapy last overall?

7:38 What does the PSA decline look like with chemotherapy?

8:39 Can chemotherapy effect a complete remission? A durable remission?

9:08 Can you do chemotherapy again if you have already done it?

9:37 What is the timeline like for intermittent chemotherapy?

10:13 What tips do you have for mitigating the side effects of chemo?

12:18 How long do chemotherapy side effects last after treatment is stopped?

12:50 Summary of the two different indications for chemotherapy in prostate cancer.

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