Biological therapy may be used to reduce the risk of bone-related events in prostate cancer. It is also called biotherapy or biological response modifiers (BRMs).
Biological therapy uses natural or manufactured substances to kill, control or change the behaviour of cancer cells. Different types of biological therapies work in different ways.
Biological therapy may be used:
Drugs, doses and schedules vary from person to person.
RANK-ligand inhibitor is a biological therapy in which a monoclonal antibody blocks the action of RANK ligand - a protein that promotes bone resorption. This helps to strengthen bone.
The most common biological therapy drug used to treat prostate cancer is:
For more detailed information on specific drugs, go to sources of drug information.
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.