The Facts About Prostate Cancer Treatment

According to the American cancer society, prostate cancer is the second leading cancer in the United States and the one leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men. The treatment of prostate cancer varies, and in most cases, treatments are combined. Each patient undergoes a therapy that works well for them.

Often, prostate cancer spreads slowly and does not cause health problems. Those at a higher risk for prostate cancer need to consult their doctor for screening. Early detection improves the long-term outcomes of treatment. A recommended treatment for prostate cancer is based on factors that pertain to a patient such as:

  • The age of the patient
  • The Gleason score (size/grade) of the tumor
  • The stage of prostate cancer
  • The symptoms
  • The overall health of the patient.

Prostate cancer has several options for treatment, but specialists say that no single therapy is perfect for each patient. It is difficult for a prostate cancer patient to choose the best treatment, but working with your doctor will help determine the best possible treatment for you. Treatment options for prostate cancer include:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Surgery
  • Immunotherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Brachytherapy

Prostate cancer treatments have side effects which vary depending on the actual therapy and the patient. Your doctor will help to minimize these effects by selecting the appropriate treatment for each patient. No matter the treatment options one decides to take; you have to consult with your doctor and also try to gather more information about all of your treatment options.

 

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