Effective Treatments Available For Prostate Cancer

The most occurrence world wide in men above 50 years of age, prostate cancer is a very serious issue and a major cause affecting the male reproductive system. Of the size of a large walnut it is placed just below the bladder and next to the urethra.

Prostate cancer begins in the glandular tissue of the prostate and its exact cause is still unknown. Married men seem to be at a higher risk than single individuals for some reason not known.

Different Therapies To Remove The Cancer

Of the many treatments available for prostate cancer the most common is surgery and removal of the prostate which is knows as radical prostatectomy. This treatment is available to patients suffering from localized prostate cancer.

The surgery includes the removal of the prostate the surrounding tissues, a particular portion of the urethra and the seminal vesicles. In the course f the surgery the surgeon will try to save the nerves that surround the prostate which are responsible for erections. There is no guarantee for this.

One readily available treatment for prostate cancer is the external beam radiation in which high energy radiation beams are directed to a target inside the body from outside. Hormone treatment is another most popular one for prostate cancer and the oldest form
Hormone treatment is also called androgen deprivation therapy.

The aim is to bring down levels of the male hormones or androgens in the body as these are helpful for the spread of the disease. The lowering of these androgen levels shrinks the cancer or at least grow slowly.

If the prostate cancer remains or recurs after surgical treatment or radiation therapy or as an addition to radiation therapy hormone treatment is used. It is used to make other treatments more effective.

It is only your doctor who can decide on the particular treatment for your prostate cancer. You should never attempt to have any type of treatment without referring it to your physician.



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