CHEMOTHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF PROSTATE CANCER AND ITS MAIN COMPLICATIONS: LITERATURE REVIEW

Abstract

Cancer is defined as a disease originated from countless chronic origins, causing abnormal cell growth consequently. The second most common neoplasm and one with the highest level of mortality among men in the world is the prostate cancer. Among the possibilities of treatment for the prostate cancer, chemotherapy stands out, which can cause several side effects in the individual. This study aims to discuss nursing interventions in the face of the main adverse reactions of chemotherapy in prostate cancer. It is an integrative literature review. Docetaxel is a drug from the taxane family; considered the first option for the chemotherapy treatment of prostate cancer, it causes adverse effects, such as arthralgia and myalgia, nausea, vomiting and the oral mucosa inflammation. Cabazitaxel is a taxanosemisynthetic used to treat neoplasms resistant to docetaxel, presenting neutropenia and diarrhea as adverse events. Estrramustine, after being absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract, It is metabolized to estradiol and estrone, which are able to enter the prostate tumor cells in a selectively way, presenting as adverse effects the increase of blood clots formation, nausea and vomiting. Mitoxantrone is used due to its palliative benefits, and its side effects are gastrointestinal discomfort, fever, pain and myelosuppression. Oncologist nurses must know the chemotherapeutic drugs used during treatment and the effects caused by them, to provide quality care to these patients.
Published
2020-10-06
How to Cite
DE SOUSA, Jaqueline Pereira; LOPES, Luciano da Silva. CHEMOTHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF PROSTATE CANCER AND ITS MAIN COMPLICATIONS: LITERATURE REVIEW. Revista Uningá, [S.l.], v. 57, n. 3, p. 95-106, oct. 2020. ISSN 2318-0579. Available at: <http://revista.uninga.br/index.php/uninga/article/view/3279>. Date accessed: 18 may 2022.