Prostate cancer is quite a common form of cancer in men, but most men who get it are highly treatable at the early stages. It starts in the prostate, which usually sits between the bladder and the rectum. The prostate contains various jobs, such as: producing the liquid that transports sperm and supplies the male reproductive system with it. It also stores the sperm for later use. When it becomes too large or grows and begins to cause problems, however, it can develop into a dangerous condition called prostate cancer. There are a lot of different symptoms of this condition, but the main ones are related to urinary and genital symptoms.
If you have any of these symptoms, then you need to see your doctor immediately, so that you can start treatment and possibly find a cure. Some symptoms of prostate cancer include: blood in urine or semen, pain when ejaculating, swelling of the testicles or penis, pain in the lower back, thigh, groin or upper thighs, weight loss, fatigue, frequent urination, painful intercourse and fever. Of course, all of these symptoms could be caused by several other conditions, so it's important that you visit your doctor to find out exactly what's wrong. Prostate cancer isn't very common, but when it does occur it needs to be treated as soon as possible.
There are several treatment options available for this disease, but there isn't one that's preferred by all doctors. One option doctors like to use is called radical prostate cancer treatment. This treatment usually consists of: radiation therapy or surgery, chemotherapy or hormone therapy, and the last option is a combination of all of these. The treatment options can be discussed with your doctor, and each one can be explained in greater detail.
Radiation therapy is used to attack the cancerous cells with high energy rays. Doctors have been using this treatment method for many years with excellent results. The one problem with this type of prostate cancer treatment is that it doesn't work on the symptoms of early stages of the disease. If you experience symptoms while you're still at the early stages of the disease, then radiation won't be able to help you.
Chemotherapy is the next option for treating prostate cancer. In this treatment the cancerous cells are being treated with medication. It's also very successful, as the prostate cancer cell death rate tends to be very high with this treatment. Side effects of this type of treatment are usually constipation, weight loss, hair loss, nausea, and fatigue. Chemotherapy also tends to have very severe side effects, such as bone pain, urinary tract infections and memory problems.
Most men with prostate cancer experience no symptoms. This is because the symptoms often relate to something else, causing the person to assume that he isn't having any symptoms at all. For example, prostate cancer can cause urinary symptoms, such as incontinence, urgent need to urinate and frequency of urination. These types of symptoms will probably go away on their own, so you shouldn't really worry about them. However, if the symptoms are severe, you should make an appointment with your doctor. He can perform a blood test or a urinalysis to find out if there is any probable cause for your symptoms.
Another treatment option is called hormonal therapy, which aims to control the testosterone levels in your body. By doing this, you'll reduce your chances of experiencing prostate cancer symptoms like impotence and bladder or ejaculatory incontinence. Also, this treatment can increase your sperm count and your sperm mobility, allowing you to achieve fertilization more easily. Hormone treatment for prostate cancer may also help you cope with stress. You can use drugs like anabolic steroids or other hormones to suppress the symptoms of the disease.
Treatment for prostate cancer can take several forms. If your doctor decides that surgery isn't a necessity for you, he or she can recommend chemotherapy. Chemotherapy, unlike radiation therapy, doesn't kill the prostate cells, but prevents them from growing, shrinking, or replicating. Once the cancer has been treated, you'll be given one or more palliative procedures, in conjunction with regular pain-relief medications. Depending on your condition, you may be given a treatment combination that addresses the symptoms of prostate cancer, while leaving the disease intact, or undergoing a form of total management.
Steve Schafer is the founder of TheEulogyWriters and is probably the most prolific eulogy writer (and, no doubt, the best) anywhere. He lives in Michigan and has been writing eulogies for well over thirty years. The articles in this blog are designed to help people through the process of losing loved ones.