Choosing treatment for Prostate Cancer can be confusing. Any treatment can cause serious side effects.
Your treatment decision will depend on:
● Any serious health problems, including any urinary, bowel, or sexual function problems
● PSA level
● What kind of cancer cells you have. This is called the grade or Gleason score of your cancer
● Most prostate cancer cells grow very slowly. But some type of cells grow quickly and spread to other areas of the body
● How far your cancer has spread. This is called the stage of your cancer
● The side effects of treatment
● Your personal feelings and concerns
Treatment may be more successful if prostate cancer is found and treated early. Unlike many other cancers, prostate cancer is usually slow-growing. For most men, this slow growth means they have time to learn all they can before deciding whether to have treatment or which treatment to have.
Types of treatment
Treatment for Prostate Cancer include :
● Active surveillance is a treatment choice to learn more for any man who has low-risk cancer that has not spread (early stage).
● Surgery to remove the cancer by removing the prostate gland. This operation is called a Prostatectomy.
● Radiation treatment, which include external and internal radiation. These treatments have been improved with newer technologies that reduce side effects and other problems caused by radiation.
● Hormone therapy, also called Androgen Deprivation Therapy or ADT.