Chemotherapy for advanced prostate cancer

Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells.

In advanced prostate cancer, it’s mainly used to treat cancer that is no longer being controlled by hormonal therapy.

Chemotherapy aims to shrink and control the cancer, and relieve symptoms, with the aim of prolonging a good quality of life. The most commonly used chemotherapy drug to treat prostate cancer is docetaxel (Taxotere®). Other drugs that may be used are:

Cabazitaxel is a new chemotherapy drug. It may be given to men who have previously had chemotherapy with docetaxel. It’s licensed for use in the UK but has not been approved by NICE or the SMC, so it may not be widely available on the NHS.

Advantages of chemotherapy

  • Chemotherapy may help to control the cancer and relieve symptoms.


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Your feelings

You may experience difficult feelings while having chemotherapy treatment. Talking these over can be helpful.

Where can you have chemotherapy?

You usually have chemotherapy in a chemotherapy day unit or clinic. If your treatment is more complex, you may need to stay in hospital.

Who might I meet?

A team of medical specialists will be involved throughout the course of your chemotherapy treatment.