Rising Psa In Metastatic Prostate Cancer

July 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

Rising PSA actually does happen in metastatic prostate cancer, and rather often too, sometimes in spite of the best treatments accorded even by the best oncologists in the business of delivering health to prostate cancer patients. Why? It is obviously because the disease often presents itself in various ways in different patients.

The best treatment courses for this cancer are always those that you can apply in the early stages of the disease, before the malignancy has had the chance to spread beyond the prostate. At this point, a simple radical prostatectomy would remove the tumor once and for all, or some form of radiation treatment would effectively treat the condition. In some instances, both therapies have to be combined in order to make absolutely certain that the melanoma does not relapse, which is always a difficult fact to assert; and in other cases, hormone treatment may be employed to stop the growth of the cancer cells and cause them to shrink back to operable sizes.

But all of these are best suited for early stage disease; even locally advanced prostate cancers that have only just started to spread from the prostate to the immediate surrounding tissues can constitute a bit of a challenge in intervention because the treatment would have to be a lot more aggressive. Usually, a combination of both external beam radiation treatment and brachytherapy would still curtail the growth of the adenomas in this stage, but full blown metastatic prostate malignant tumors require a whole different level of thinking and deliberation before deciding on the most effective treatment course that will also yield good long term results.

You may want to talk to your oncologist about systemic therapies like chemotherapy or agents that specifically target prostate cancer bone metastasis; otherwise you may have to consider enrolling in a clinical trial of an experimental new treatment or regimen as a last resort. You might want to know that clinical trials are the only way that new and better treatments will be developed and tested appropriately and your contribution, though a risk, is also a plus to the entire world.

Primarily, chemotherapy aims to stop cancer cells from dividing and growing. It may be considered also in a palliative context to alleviate the worst symptoms of advanced late stage disease, but it has the potential to affect the cancer cell growth significantly enough to prolong life. The FDA approved, having determined the benefits of chemotherapy in prostate cancer drug mitoxantrone in ’96 when it was shown beneficial for advanced prostate cancer, and docetaxel was approved in 2004 because it relieved symptoms better than mitoxantrone.

Using two or more such drugs together may be more effective than just using one drug alone, but you have to pay close attention to your reactions each different one.
Prostate cancer cells that have spread beyond the prostate seem to prefer bone tissue so radiation targeted directly to this metastasis with radiation-emitting drugs may also be considered.

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