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Is brachytherapy helpful for a prostate cancer patient who has metastasized cancer cells?

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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No.

Brachytherapy is used in the treatment of localized prostate cancer, or cancer that has not spread outside of the prostate gland.
If a patient has metastatic disease, treatments need to be systemic, with the aim of halting the growth & spread of the cancer throughout the body. These treatments include hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Urologists & medical oncologists can help.

In brief: No.

Brachytherapy is used in the treatment of localized prostate cancer, or cancer that has not spread outside of the prostate gland.
If a patient has metastatic disease, treatments need to be systemic, with the aim of halting the growth & spread of the cancer throughout the body. These treatments include hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Urologists & medical oncologists can help.
Dr. Simon Kimm
Dr. Simon Kimm
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Dr. Simon Kimm
After decades of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) being the only option for men with metastatic prostate cancer, we now have many new tools to help manage this condition. There have been a number of advancements in new types of hormonal agents, new and more effective chemotherapy combinations, and a unique immune therapy called Sipuleucel-T which shows promise.
Dr. Lane Childs
Urology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Brachytherapy is a treatment for localized prostate cancer.
If metastasis is present, the local treatment will not affect the distant cancer and will be of no overall benefit.

In brief: No

Brachytherapy is a treatment for localized prostate cancer.
If metastasis is present, the local treatment will not affect the distant cancer and will be of no overall benefit.
Dr. Lane Childs
Dr. Lane Childs
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In brief: Possibly

Prostate cancer hurts you both from metastatic disease and locally.
There is some evidence that treating the cancer (seeds for example) will decrease local problems. It doesn't cure the metastatic disease. www.peedoc.com.

In brief: Possibly

Prostate cancer hurts you both from metastatic disease and locally.
There is some evidence that treating the cancer (seeds for example) will decrease local problems. It doesn't cure the metastatic disease. www.peedoc.com.
Dr. Roscoe Nelson
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