Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to treat cancer. It is usually a systemic therapythat circulates throughout the body and destroys cancer cells, including those that may have broken away from the primary tumour.
Chemotherapy has an important role in the treatment of prostate cancer that has become resistant to hormonal therapy (hormone-refractory or castration-resistant prostate cancer).
Drugs, doses and schedules vary from man to man.
The most common chemotherapy drugs used to treat hormone-refractory prostate cancer are:
The most common chemotherapy combinations used to treat hormone-refractory prostate cancer are:
For more detailed information on specific drugs, go to sources of drug information.