Prostate cancer drug types and therapies vary enormously. All men are not created equal, and every individual is unique in this world. The treatment for prostate cancer also varies very widely with different types of patients, depending on age, lifestyle and body mechanism. A combination of treatment regimens – like surgery followed by radiation or radiation in conjunction with hormone therapy is found to be effective.
The male sex hormone, testosterone has been found to be the culprit stimulating the growth of prostate cancer cells. Hormone therapy is based on the theory âEUR” cut off the roots, if you want to completely destroy a tree. Hormone therapy stops the body of the patients from production of this male hormone testosterone.
So the cancer cells do not find their shelter inside the body and perish. In some cases, hormone therapy is used in combination with radiation therapy to clear up any residual cancer cells. The drugs used for this are LH-RH agonists which set up a chemical blockade preventing the testicles from testosterone producing messages.
Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Centre have found that certain prostate cancer drugs, instead of wiping out the cancer can stimulate the growth of cancer cells. This is due to the fact that hormonal therapy which suppresses for a certain period, fails in patients whose disease spreads
So for proper prostate cancer drug regimen, some practitioners adopt a six month on and six month off policy for administration of these drugs.
Researchers in the Duke Prostate Center, have found that restricting the carbohydrates regardless of weight loss slows down the growth of prostate tumor. So far, mice only have been tested, but now the work on human volunteers has started.
Duke University Medical center in Durham, N.C have concluded that a diet rich in flaxseed may curb the growth of prostate tumor. This they found when the flaxseeds were taken irrespective of the fact whether they followed a low-fat or not. They feel that reducing cell proliferation is positive development and will lead to a better survival..
Proscar, a drug used to treat male pattern baldness, when used as prostate cancer drug, is found to lower the PSA levels and was found useful to treat cancer. The higher dose version is Proscar and its lower dose version is Propecia. Propecia was administered to over 350 men in the 40-60 age group and it was also found that the men receiving paropecia had a 40-50 % decrease in PSA levels, which is very beneficial.