A New Therapy approved for Advanced Prostate Cancer!
Whatever kind of cancer sounds menacing! Whether it is wee or big, cancer is cancer! Well, the prostate is a little walnut shaped gland in men that produces the spermatic fluid that nutrifies and also transports sperm. The cancer which starts to develop in the prostate is known as prostate cancer which is common. This type of cancer can be aggressive or may not cause any severe effect.
By the end of the march, a new therapy was approved by the FDA to treat prostate cancer at an advanced stage called Pluvicto. It is administered by intravenous infusion. The best thing is, this treatment can rout out and dismantle cancerous cells which are very little to see with the standard type of medical imaging.
Most importantly, this is mandated only to the men who have so early been undergoing anticancer therapies counting chemotherapies as well as hormonal therapies that obstruct the tumor-encouraging hormone testosterone.
How will this treatment work?
Pluvicto, a bipartite drug; first is that it coheres with a protein on prostate cancer cell surfaces called PSMA, and another is a radioactive particle that destroys the cancer cells. Some cells do not contain PSMA while some contain but at very low levels. This drug invades the cancer cells while saving the healthy tissues. This drug is super effective in delaying cancer progression.
Prior to giving this drug, the doctor checks the eligibility of men. For that, he injects a radioactive tracer that passes through the blood vessels searching for and then adheres to PSMA protein. That tracer marks out the cancerous cells upon an exceptional scanning technology called positron-emission tomography. This treatment is inefficacious for those who have PSMA-negative tumors
Are there any side effects of this treatment?
Rather than facing cancer at worst, side effects are worth tolerating. Generally, this drug is well-manageable, however, there is a possibility of experiencing some side effects such as nausea, tiredness, bone marrow suppression or kidney problems etc.