How Is Prostate Cancer Treated?
About one out of every nine men will get prostate cancer diagnosis within his life. Prostate cancer is far and away the most dangerous type of cancer affecting men. About 200,000 new cases are diagnosed annually in UK. There are also many effective treatments for prostate cancer, with some men having no need for further treatment.
Prostate cancer often appears first in men over the age of forty. However, it is also possible to get prostate cancer in younger men as well. The earlier a person gets a diagnosis, the more likely he will survive.
When it comes to prostate cancer, early diagnosis is almost always the best choice. There are various prostate cancers that can be detected through routine prostate exam.
One of the most common types of prostate exams is a ureteroscopy. This is performed under the guidance of a large X-ray machine. A thin, light-colored tube called a catheter is inserted into a person’s bladder. As urine passes through, the catheter will scan the bladder and the prostate.
Another type of exam that may be used to detect prostate tumors is a transrectal ultrasound. An electronic probe is placed inside of a man’s rectum and it is then scanned by a special camera.
Chemotherapy drugs are sometimes prescribed for cancer. They work to kill the cancer cells by using an agent that destroys them on a molecular level. Although these drugs are highly effective in treating early stages of cancer, they do not work if the cancer has already spread to other parts of the body.
Radiation therapy, which uses high-energy rays like x-rays to kill cancer, may also be prescribed for prostate cancer. This is also very effective in treating early stages of the disease, but this form of treatment is known to be highly damaging to normal healthy tissues in the body. Chemotherapy is often accompanied by surgery. This can either be an incisional procedure or an excisional procedure where small incisions are made into the prostate.
In some cases, a patient may get a prostate tumor surgically removed if they have had a recurrence of prostate cancer before. Although some doctors believe that this is a treatment option for everyone, there are some people who are too young for this option. In this case, the doctor would want to try and eliminate the cancer before it spreads.
Surgery is not a cure for prostate cancer. It only helps to keep the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body so that a person who has it can live a much longer and happier life.
There are many different types of cancer treatment available for prostate cancer. The treatments may vary depending on the stage of the cancer. If the cancer is in a certain area of the prostate gland and is in a stage that are not responding well to treatment, then surgery might be an option. But when the cancer is more advanced, then surgery is often the last resort for this type of cancer.
Men should know that surgery is only one part of their strategy to battle prostate cancer. It should be the last step.
Diet, exercise and weight are also important in preventing prostate cancer. Exercise helps men to keep their prostate glands healthy. And diet is one of the biggest contributors to a healthy prostate. It is important to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
These are three of the most common types of prostate cancer treatments. And there are many more that are not as common.