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Can Prostate Cancer Go Away On Its Own?

My question: I was diagnose with prostate cancer 3 4 years ago, Gleason 6. Each year since, I have had a prostate biopsy and biopsy has not shown any cancer. I also have an enlarged prostate. Question, can prostate cancer at that level go away on its own? I have been taking Finasteride since diagnosed. Thank you.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014
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Finasteride is an enzyme inhibitor which stops the conversion of testosterone.
This leads to invailabilty of dihydrotestosterone.
Prostate cancer cells grow with the availabilty of dihydrotestosterone.
Since finasteride is cutting of supply of dihydrotestosterone the cancer cells die.
But over a period of time they can develop other ways to grow. So continue regular followup.
In the event of regrowth of cancer other harmonal inhibitors are available. Dont worry.
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Can Prostate Cancer Go Away On Its Own?

Finasteride is an enzyme inhibitor which stops the conversion of testosterone. This leads to invailabilty of dihydrotestosterone. Prostate cancer cells grow with the availabilty of dihydrotestosterone. Since finasteride is cutting of supply of dihydrotestosterone the cancer cells die. But over a period of time they can develop other ways to grow. So continue regular followup. In the event of regrowth of cancer other harmonal inhibitors are available. Dont worry.