Prostate cancer typically affects older men. It attacks the walnut-sized prostate gland, which is located between the bladder and penis, in front of the rectum. The prostate is responsible for the production of a fluid that is expelled with sperm during ejaculation, composing the semen. The symptoms of prostate cancer includes urination problems, pain, erectile dysfunction, and weakness or numbness in the limbs.

There are different approaches for the treatment of prostate cancer, depending on the patient, his age, and the stage and extent of the disease. The most common treatments include watchful waiting, drugs, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery.

But there are also other therapeutic options, as well as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). “Different types of treatment are available for patients with prostate cancer. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials,” according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“A treatment clinical trial is a research study meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for patients with cancer,” the NIH says. “When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment. Patients may want to think about taking part in a clinical trial. Some clinical trials are open only to patients who have not started treatment.”

Drugs Approved to Treat Prostate Cancer

Therapeutic Options

Surgical Approches to Prostate Cancer

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation
  • Nutrition and dietary supplements

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