Palliative treatment seeks to improve quality of life by reducing prostate cancer symptoms without aiming to cure the disease. It can be used for symptom control at different stages of cancer, not just for end-of-life care. Palliative treatment is particularly important for people with advanced cancer. It can assist with managing symptoms such as pain, and slow the spread of the cancer.
Palliative radiotherapy may be used to treat pain, such as bone pain if the cancer has spread to the bones (bone metastases). Pain-relieving medicines (analgesics) are also often used.
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