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How to Take Decision Regarding the Prostate Cancer Treatment Option?

Aug 17, 2007
CANCER.these five letters can change your life forever! Nobody wants to be diagnosed with this killer disease, but millions of Americans are being diagnosed with cancer each year. Prostate cancer especially became a sort of endemic problem for the developed countries in America, Europe and Australia. According to some estimate, about 10% of total US male population is expected to get prostate cancer of which approximately 4% would die eventually.

Figures are dreadful, right? But there is no need to panic; if the disease is detected at a fairly early stage, the chances of recovery are excellent. Advances in the medical researches made significant progress in the detection of the disease as well as in its treatments.

Once a person is diagnosed with prostate cancer, you are faced with an important consideration; you have to make decision on the type of treatment. Naturally you would choose the treatment that is best for you. But how can you know which treatment is best for you?

There are various treatment options for a patient diagnosed with an early stage of prostate cancer. Advanced researches have opened up new avenues in the treatment of this deadly disease and choosing the most reasonable treatment from among these multiple options is going to be confusing task. Every option has its own pros and cons and that can make your decision making process difficult.

Your goal should be to find out the best prostate cancer treatment option. The best treatment however depends on a man's age and general health. The choice is also going to be conditioned by the stage of the cancer and its location. Lastly the personal choice of the patient also counts in deciding upon the treatment.

Particularly so far as prostate cancer is concerned, you should involve your spouse in the decision making process, as the outcome of the treatment is going to affect the future lifestyle of both of you.

The perspectives on the disease may vary with age of the patient. While a senior patient tends to view the disease as one of the chronic conditions of the old age, and his focus will be to avoid its inconvenient symptoms, the younger patient's objectives will be to get complete cure from the disease.

As such the senior patients in most of the cases will try to avoid treatments that come with side effects, such as radiation and surgery, and instead consider hormone therapy or watchful waiting. The younger patients on the other hand will be recommended such therapies as external radiation, radical prostatectomy, and brachytherapy that promise the maximum chances of cure.

Thus decision about prostate cancer treatment is a highly individualistic choice that must be taken on the basis of your age and your other health conditions. To find the best solution follow these steps:

- Make researches about prostate cancer
- Seek the advice of a reputed physician
- Ask your doctor to explain your clinical stage and pathological grade of prostate cancer and the treatment options appropriate for this condition

Remember, what is right for one person may not be right for another. So take an informed decision only after thoroughly weighing up the pros and cons of each treatment; the chances of survival are very high with the application of suitable therapy.
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