If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, your doctor or urologist should have told you about all the options open to you. However, we know from experience that many newly diagnosed men are not given as much detail as they need in order to make a decision about which path to follow.
If you are in any doubt about your treatment, investigate all avenues, and don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.
Whilst there is not an exhaustive list of treatments on this site, there are a great many places that you can now get advice about all the treatments on offer, and although it can be a daunting task wading through all the information, they say that knowledge is power!
I would recommend as the first port of call in getting a wider view of Prostate Cancer the You Are Not Alone website.
CancerHelp UK is another place to look for more detailed information on what is current, and also what is new in prostate cancer treatment. So, what are the most common treatments on offer?
The main surgery option is a radical prostatectomy, which is now often performed via keyhole surgery.
Radiotherapy treats cancer by using high-energy x-rays to destroy the cancer cells, while doing as little harm as possible to normal cells.
Brachytherapy is the insertion of small radioactive seeds, implanted under general anaesthetic, directly into the prostate gland.
Chemotherapy is generally only used to treat prostate cancer that has spread outside of the prostate.
Hormone therapy is sometimes used in conjunction with surgery or radiotherapy, and can also be used if you are not well enough to have surgery.
Many Doctors believe that if you have low grade prostate cancer, the best form of action is active surveillance, as the side effects of treatment can be worse than any symptoms you may suffer.
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