Prostate cancer is more common than any other
cancer in men. When caught and treated early, prostate cancer has a
high cure rate.
Treatment of metastatic prostate cancer has not
improved much in recent years. Some effect in metastatic prostate
cancer has been seen with hormone treatment. Hormone treatment
slows the tumour growth by blocking testosterone production, or
alternatively by blocking testosterone activity. Hormone treatment
usually becomes ineffective after a period - leaving chemotherapy
as the only available option.
The life expectancy for metastatic prostate cancer patients
reaching the stage of hormone resistance is only approximately
Improved therapies for metastatic prostate cancer patients are