A healthcare provider may recommend chemotherapy treatment with estramustine phosphate (Emcyt®) for men who have prostate cancer. This medicine is used for palliative treatment, which means it can help relieve cancer symptoms, but is not a cure. It is used when the cancer has become worse or has spread to other areas of the body.
When undergoing chemotherapy with estramustine, you should understand the potential risks associated with this medicine. For example, it may not be safe for use in people with certain allergies or those taking certain medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements. Also, people who have a history of seizures, blood clots, or other medical issues should discuss whether estramustine is appropriate for your situation.
(Click Estramustine for a closer look at using estramustine phosphate for chemotherapy treatment, including details on when this drug is prescribed, an explanation of how it works, and a list of possible side effects.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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