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Is provenge (sipuleucel-t) the leading treatment of prostate cancer?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony Back
Medical Oncology 38 years experience
It's only for some: Provenge (sipuleucel-t) is used in a very specific clinical situation with prostate cancer--definitely not indicated for everyone. The best treatment depends on the stage and grade of the cancer.
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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
It is a complicated and very expensive treatment that has a small benefit for a very small group of patients. Most oncologist nationally use it very infrequently
May 18, 2013
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
NO: Provenge( sipuleucel t ) is the first autologous cellular immuno therapeutic vaccine it is prepared from the same patient, just for that patient only. Indication are for castrate resistant ( hormone )cancers that did not spread too much, so use is limited, besides being expensive, and current data is too small.. So leading treatments are still the proven traditional treatments
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Dr. Richard Sarle
Urology 23 years experience
No: Very few people get to this level of treatment, usually late stage therapy.
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Dr. James Gulley
Hematology and Oncology 27 years experience
A standard option: Provenge (sipuleucel-t) is a standard option for men who have progressive disease despite hormonal therapy and no or minimal symptoms. It probably is most effective earlier in the disease course before the tumors are too large. There have been two randomized phase iii trials proving efficacy.
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