Prostate cancer treatment
Ideally, treating any type of malignancy should cure the disease as well as be easily tolerated, and cause minimal or no problems. This concept is particularly important in treating prostate cancer. Although some men have an aggressive form that can lead to early spread and death, many have slow growing tumours that would never cause problems during a patientís natural lifetime. As there is no absolute way to determine which patients in this later group will progress, many patients opt for prostate cancer treatment. It is important that medical intervention does not convert this group of healthy men into sufferers from medical care related side effects. Prostate cancer treatment depends on several factors such as the stage, type and grade of the disease as well as on the patient's age and general health condition. Before deciding which option is appropriate in your case you may need more than one visit to the clinic to discuss all your concerns and questions.
The most common options for disease confined to the gland include:
The less common treatment options which are being tested in clinical trials include:
Treatments for cancer which has spread from the gland:-
Further general information Your doctors and specialist nurses are in an ideal position to give you relevant information on your disease and treatment as they know your individual circumstances. Cancerbackup has a help line (0808 800 1234) and a prize winning video available in English, Italian, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati & Hindi explaining Radiotherapy & Chemotherapy. Cancernet.co.uk has over 500 pages describing cancer, its management, practical tips and tool which patients, their carers and their doctors have found helpful during the cancer journey.