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What Is Bicalutamide Used For?

The prescription drug bicalutamide has been approved for use with another form of hormone therapy for advanced prostate cancer. The other medication reduces the amount of testosterone made by the body, and bicalutamide blocks the action of the remaining testosterone. Bicalutamide has not been studied adequately in children, so it is approved for adults only at this time.

An Overview of Uses for Bicalutamide

Bicalutamide (Casodex®) is a prescription medication approved for use as part of combination treatment in men with advanced prostate cancer. It is used with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist medicine, sometimes called a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) agonist. GnRH agonist medicines include:
 
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in males. It starts when abnormal cells begin to grow in the tissue of the prostate gland.
 
After prostate cancer is diagnosed, doctors will determine how far the disease has progressed and use this information to "stage" the cancer. Prostate cancer staging is based on the size of the tumor, as well as whether the cancer has spread to other areas of the body. In general, there are four stages (Stages I-IV). The higher the stage, the more advanced the cancer is (see Stages of Prostate Cancer for more information).
 
Stage IV prostate cancer is advanced, or late-stage, prostate cancer. In this stage, the cancer cells have spread widely to other areas of the body, such as the bladder, rectum, lymph nodes, or bone. Because the cancer has spread so widely, Stage IV prostate cancer is unlikely to be cured with surgery. Instead, treatment options may include:
 
  • Hormone therapy
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy.
     
Bicalutamide is a hormone therapy treatment for prostate cancer. As mentioned, it is used in combination with another hormone treatment option.
 
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