Facing Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers diagnosed in men. In the US, one in six men will be diagnosed in their lifetimes. While no one will say that facing prostate cancer is easy, the good news is that with increased awareness and screening, more men are diagnosed early. Thus, most cancers are diagnosed while still localized.
Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer:
- When prostate cancer is believed to be localized, there are five common treatment options available to a patient:
- Surgery to remove the cancerous prostate (radical prostatectomy)
- Radiation of the cancerous prostate, through either external radiation or radioactive seed implants (radiation therapy or
- Freezing of the cancerous prostate (cryotherapy)
- Hormonal therapy, which is non-curative and often done in conjunction with radiation therapy or cryotherapy
- Observation (watchful waiting) Patients should discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment approach with their doctor.