Chemotherapy uses anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. It is given to men when they are first diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, together with hormonal therapy. It may also be used to treat cancer that is no longer being controlled by hormonal therapy.
The aim of chemotherapy for advanced prostate cancer is to control the cancer. This will help to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
The most commonly used chemotherapy drug to treat prostate cancer is docetaxel (Taxotere®). Other drugs that may be used are: