24 Apr 2013

Living with advanced prostate cancer is challenging. It’s cancer that has spread from the prostate to other parts of the body. There’s no cure for it, but it can be controlled for many months or years. It’s a time which can bring uncertainties about the future into sharp focus. And it can cause symptoms which can affect your everyday life.

We’ve worked with men affected and health professionals to produce information which can help.

Our new booklet, Advanced prostate cancer: Managing symptoms and getting support, looks at ways to manage the physical and emotional effects of symptoms. It includes things you can do yourself, the treatments and support available. If you’re getting symptoms from advanced prostate cancer, you might want have a look at it. Partners and family might also find it useful.

Treating the cancer

The main treatment for advanced prostate cancer is hormone therapy. This treats prostate cancer cells even when they’ve spread to other places. It can often keep the cancer under control for several years. But over time it might start growing again, and it might cause symptoms.

If this happens, there are other treatments you might try. You could be offered other kinds of hormone therapy, chemotherapy – or the new drug abiraterone, which has made headlines in recent years. These can all control the cancer.  

Dealing with symptoms

Not everyone with advanced prostate cancer has symptoms – if your cancer is controlled well by hormone therapy, you might not have symptoms.

Not everyone gets the same symptoms, but fatigue, pain and urinary problems are not unusual. These and others can all have a real impact on your day-to-day life, so it helps to know what treatments and support are available. For example, pain relief, radiotherapy and drugs called bisphosphonates can all help with symptoms. The new booklet’s got more about the treatments and support available.

Bone pain is a common symptom of advanced prostate cancer – and it’s one that often causes men a lot of worry. But there are treatments which can be very effective at controlling pain. Find out more in our updated fact sheet Managing pain in advanced prostate cancer. Another updated fact sheet, Bisphosphonates, explains how these drugs can help control bone pain. And of course, our Specialist Nurses can talk with you about any prostate issue on our helpline.

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