Treatments Available For Prostate Cancer
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.
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
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
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.