12 Drugs Approved to Treat Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a type of malignant tumor that affects men, and particularly older men. It attacks the walnut-sized prostate gland, which is located between the bladder and penis, in front of the rectum. The prostate is responsible for the production of a fluid that is expelled with sperm during ejaculation, composing the semen. There are different approaches for the treatment of prostate cancer, depending on the patient's age, stage and extent of the disease. The most common treatments include watchful waiting, drugs, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy,radiation therapy or surgery. However, there are also other therapeutic options, as well as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Discover more about 12 drugs currently approved to treat prostate cancer:   Abiraterone Acetate: Abiraterone acetate is a drug from the family of steroidalantiandrogen and is used for the treatment of prostate cancer in combination with prednisone. The male body naturally produces hormones called androgens. The most well known androgen in men is testosterone. Bicalutamide: Bicalutamide is one of the drug options included in a type of treatment for prostate cancer known as hormone therapy. The NCI Drug Dictionary defines the compound as a “synthetic, nonsteroidal antiandrogen. Bicalutamide competitively binds to cytosolic androgen receptors in target tissues, thereby inhibiting the receptor binding of androgens." Cabazitaxel: Cabazitaxel is one of the drugs used in chemotherapy, and it is classified as a taxane chemotherapy drug, which means it was originally developed from the yew tree. The course of action of this type of treatment is based on stopping the cancerous cells from diving into two new cells, which consequently blocks the growth
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