Prostate Cancer Treatment: What to Consider Before Choosing?

In many cases of men who are faced with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, the disease is caught early and patients are able to choose, together with their physician, their course of treatment. Depending on the patient's age and overall health, as well as tumor's stage, treatment options for patients with prostate cancer include watchful waiting or active surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy, cryotherapy (cryosurgery), hormone therapy, chemotherapy, vaccine treatment, and/or bone-directed treatment. The satisfaction of men with their treatment for prostate cancer has recently been questioned during the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand's annual scientific meeting on the Gold Coast. The problematic was raised by the professor and chairman of the department of urology at the University of Texas, Claus Roehrborn, who believes that studies currently made on the results of prostate cancer treatment underestimate the level of regret, including distressing effects. "A year after a radical prostatectomy, 15 per cent of men will still be leaking urine in some way, and of those who enjoyed full potency before the operation, only one in six will have resumed sexual activity," said professor Roehrborn as an example to The Australian Financial Review. "On the surface, it looks like the world is in order. We do the treatments and the patients understand there are consequences, and in the end, they say it's all good and they made the right decision." Therefore, it is important for men to understand the implications of each option and consider a series of factors before choosing a course of treatment. The American Cancer Society has set a list of parameters to guide a man's decision. It's recommended that men ask themselves certain questions before
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