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How Genes May Someday Guide Your Prostate Cancer Treatment

Prostate Cancer CellsIf you have prostate cancer, you likely know there are certain treatments doctors use for most patients. But researchers are working toward more personalized therapies.

Typically, if you have localized cancer, doctors may choose to monitor the cancer’s status, but defer treatment for a time, or treat with surgery or radiation. If the cancer has spread outside the prostate, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is often the first choice.

This deprives the tumor of androgens, which are male sex hormones. An androgen is like fuel for the fire that is the cancer. Doctors typically use ADT to fight the disease when it has become more advanced and this treatment almost always works initially.

The search for more effective treatment