Again, it cant be stressed enough, early detection is imperative in combating prostate cancer. The challenge is that in the early stages there are no symptoms of prostate cancer. By the time symptoms appear in the form of urinary complications, the cancer has spread beyond the prostate.
Treatment options vary depending upon several factors such as age, overall health of the patient and whether there is evidence of bladder infection or kidney damage resulting from an enlarged prostate.
Faced with the enormity if your disease, when you add treatment options into the mix it can be overwhelming to say the least. This is why we recommend that second opinion. We will take a look at some of those options here. Just remember, that the best option for you will be the one that you and your doctor determine is the best route for your situation. When it comes to treating prostate cancer theres no such thing as Ã¢â‚¬Å“one size fits all.Ã¢â‚¬Â
There are some questions that you will need to address before selecting any of the options your physician may recommend. Lets take a look at some of those now. These shouldnt be taken lightly, as you will be making decisions that will absolutely affect the rest of your life.
- Other than the prostate cancer, are you in good over all health?
Is the cancer confined to the prostate?
How fast is it growing?
How old are you?
Is it important for you to be able to maintain control of your bladder or bowel?
Would you find it unsettling to live with cancer that is untreated and have to look at strict monitoring of the disease?
Are you healthy enough for surgery?
The effectiveness of your treatment may or may not have anything to do with your survival rate. If your treatment plan is working well and your cancer seems to be going away, your chances of survival rise. However, if your cancer is not responding to treatment of any kind, you may have to live with the fact that you might die from the cancer.
Of course, there are many types of treatments out there. So if one doesnt work, there is usually another one to try, right around the corner. However, all in all, you should seek treatment of some sort if you want to survive prostate cancer.
Surviving prostate cancer is something that thousands of men do each year. There are cancer survivors living all over the world. So, there is no reason to think that you should not fight for your life. Many men would rather lie down and die with dignity, but there is reason to believe those with prostate cancer can live for many more years after treatment. Your family will likely want you to at least attempt to beat it.