September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it’s important to know what treatment options may be available to you. Treating prostate cancer starts with a conversation with your urologist, who will make recommendations for the best course of action based on your situation and diagnosis. One option your doctor may recommend is taking oral oncolytics to help fight cancer that can be taken as a pill.
Depending on the stage of the cancer and how soon it was caught, oral oncolytics can help slow the cancer’s progression. Oral oncolytics offer many benefits for patients, including:
- Fewer trips to a medical facility: You can administer oral therapies at home, allowing you to minimize your trips to a medical facility.
- Less time spent in treatment: Taking a pill at home offers convenience and saves you time, so you can focus back on your life more quickly.
- Fewer side effects: For many, oral oncolytics have fewer side effects than other treatments, giving you more freedom to enjoy your life.
- Easier to stop: You can transition off the medication more easily under the direction of your doctor. However, it’s important to make sure you speak with your doctor before you do.
At RGU, you get the added advantage of access to the RGU pharmacy. Our expert pharmacist will walk you through your required regimen, help discuss any potential side effects, and check in regularly to see how the treatment is going. Plus, our pharmacist works closely with the urologists and will notify your doctor of anything unusual or to discuss adjusting the dosage if needed.
There are many benefits to taking oral oncolytics for prostate cancer, but keep in mind you should only do it under the careful guidance of your doctor. If you’re interested in discussing whether this option is right for you, contact your urologist today.