Prostate Cancer Treatments - What Are Your Options?
Being diagnosed with prostate cancer for the first time will more than likely be traumatic for you and your loved ones, being diagnosed with
recurrent prostate cancer can be devastating. Your doctor will prescribe a prostate cancer treatment plan that is designed to help you beat this
disease. For those who have recurrent prostate cancer, there are many prostate cancer treatments that your physician may advise
you to try.
One prostate cancer treatment option is radiation therapy. This prostate cancer treatment includes the use of radiation of high energy from
protons, neutrons, gamma rays and x-rays, as well as other sources to kill the cancerous cells and to shrink any existing tumors. There are two
ways that radiation therapy can be administered as prostate cancer treatment. The first is from a machine that is located outside your body
called external beam radiation therapy, or you may have material that is radioactive that is placed in your body near where the cancer is
located. This is referred to as internal radiation therapy.
Another prostate cancer treatment your doctor may employ is hormone therapy. This prostate cancer treatment will remove, block or add
hormones. When you are suffering with recurrent prostate cancer, hormone therapy may aid in preventing the growth of the cancer. It is also used
as a cancer treatment for breast cancer as well.
If you are not responding to conventional methods of prostate cancer treatment, your doctor may suggest that you have a prostatectomy. This is
an operation that will remove some or all of the prostate. When you have a radical or total prostatectomy, the surgical team will remove the
entire prostate gland as well as surrounding tissue.
Chemotherapy is a common prostate cancer treatment as well as a treatment for a host of other types of cancer. Chemotherapy can come with a
lot of side effects and if this is the course of prostate cancer treatment your doctor recommends, you will learn about the possible side effects
you may suffer with this treatment option. There may be other prostate cancer treatment other then those mentioned that your doctor will discuss
at length with you.
Editors Note: These are not the ONLY prostate cancer treatments available to you. I suggest that you also educate yourself
about the many natural, drug-free ways you can improve the health of your prostate.
I personally take several minerals, vitamins and herbs on a daily basis for better prostate health. I have also lost 61lbs in weight and now
walk about 8 kilometers a day - all of which have had a beneficial effect on my health.