Chemo Drug Extends Life of Patients with Advanced Prostate Cancer

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A cheap chemotherapy drug tested in St. Louis has been found to extend life for more than a year for men whose prostate cancer has spread.

Men who received docetaxel lived nearly 58 months longer, versus 44 months for those who only received hormone therapy.

“Saint Louis University was one of the trial sites for this trial, and so we do intend to continue this treatment with patients who have metastatic disease,” says SLU Hospital urologist Dr. Sameer Saddiqui. “Instead of giving them hormones alone, we’re going to give them hormones and chemotherapy.”

Side effects include possible fever and a tingling in the fingers and toes, but Saddiqui says the extended survival rate is well worth that trade off.

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