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Prostate Cancer: When Will Science Eradicate It Entirely

Prostate Cancer And How It’s Treated

One of the major cancer concerns men will face is prostate cancer. Specifically, this cancer is found in the gland known as the prostate. The prostate gland is located near the bladder and is the size of a walnut. It produces seminal fluid and carries the semen. This cancer affects more than three million people in the United States and according to the

First Signs

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, one in seven men will be diagnosed with this disease. Knowing the first signs of prostate cancer, the fundamentals of determining its presence and what can be done to treat it are some of the basics in addressing this disease. Catching any cancer early is essential and that is no different for prostate cancer. In the early stages, it is easy to treat. Initially, symptoms are insignificant, but as it advances, signs begin developing. These symptoms can include difficulty urinating such as the flow being reduced. Blood showing up in the semen, difficulty maintaining or achieving an erection, bone pain and pelvic tenderness are further symptoms or signs of advancing prostate cancer.

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Diagnosis

At first signs of the previously mentioned symptoms, it is recommended that a person see their doctor. There are two standard screening tests, the digital rectal exam and prostate antigen test through a blood test. Diagnosing cancer is done through an ultrasound, MRI and a biopsy of the gland itself. According to the Mayo Clinic, the best method is a collaboration of these three options. Once the disease presence is determined the next course of action is to determine treatment.

Treatment options

There are many methods to treat this disease and in some cases, no treatment immediately is necessary. In other situations, surgery is needed immediately. Robots are frequently used for surgery due to their precision when making the incision in the abdomen. This procedure of removing the entire prostate gland and surrounding lymph nodes is not without risks. Permanent urinary complications and erectile dysfunction are common problems with the surgery. Surgery does not always guarantee that every cancer cell has been removed.

Radiation

Radiation is the next option that has the purpose of killing the cancerous cells. It is provided through two means. Externally through a high powered beam aimed at the site of the prostate or internally through a device the size of a grain of rice placed near the gland location. This is called brachytherapy. This last method provides a low dose of radiation on a slow-release. As with most treatments, there are side effects that include erectile dysfunction, diarrhea, and urinary pain.

Hormone therapy

Another method of treatment is hormone therapy. This treatment causes a person’s body to stop producing testosterone. Stopping the production of testosterone inhibits the feeding and supplements to the cancer cells, which results in their death. There are medications designed to stop the production of testosterone as well as surgery to remove the entire testes. Some newer medications can stop the hormone from reaching the cancer cells.

Cryosurgery

Cryosurgery is a form of surgery that freezes the tissue to kill the cancerous cells. This is an ultrasound-guided surgery where needles are properly placed and gasses are supplied to go directly to the site. Then, they freeze the tissue and reverse it to “thaw” it back to the proper temperature. This is a procedure that is becoming more commonly used.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is used most commonly to treat cancers that have spread from their original site. it is provided through veins in IV form or as a pill. These are strong medications that will kill most cancer cells and are cancer-specific.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy uses the person’s own body to kill the cancerous cells. The person’s immune system is boosted by taking some of their own cells and genetically engineering them in a lab, then placing them back into their body to fight the cancer cells. According to the Mayo Clinic, this is used frequently in advanced and recurring cancer.

Alternative treatments

According to most sources, there are no effective alternative therapies that work for treatment. However, there is a belief that they do help when used to support traditional treatment. Many find that the use of music, art, prayer, and conversation helps with the coping of facing the disease treatment. Effectively treating this disease is based initially on early discovery, so it is recommended to see your doctor on a prescribed basis due to a person’s likeliness to contract prostate cancer.

Dr. Mark Reed

Physician at Arizona hospital
Dr. Mark Reed had always loved friends Arizona with its pretty, precious people. It was a place where he felt proud to be a member of the community. He was a compassionate, healthy, athlete with thin arms and long legs in high school. His friends saw him as an enthusiastic, delightful student. Once, he had even helped a sneezing old woman cross the road near the market. That's the sort of man he is. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Mark walked over to the window and reflected on people and his surroundings. The sun shone on his career and he embraced his new life of helping others. After a talk as a guest speaker at Stanford one year, he saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure just like a young version of Dr. Mark Reed. This was a caring student with tired arms and a frail hand. Dr. Mark saw it as an opportunity to reach out and become a mentor. He was not prepared to see a version of himself during his speaking appearance at a local college. As Dr. Mark stepped outside and the young med student came closer, he could see the wet glint in his eye. Dr. Mark gazed with the affection of a father. He offered to help him when it came time to do his internship. That is the kind of caring person Dr. Mark has become known as. Dr. Mark always does kind things for patients such as warming the stethoscope. The people Dr. Mark has helped at the Arizona hospital where his work has made him a pillar of the community. Dr. Mark regards his patients' tired limbs with care and always has a way of making them feel comfortable. After graduating from Arizona State University Dr. Mark went on to Harvard before taking a residency at Johns Hopkins University. After several years, he eventually announced he had been accepted at a prestigious Arizona Hospital. Dr. Mark focuses on being ethical, his emotions are always in check, and he is determined to serve his patients to the best of his ability.
Dr. Mark Reed

5 replies on “Prostate Cancer: When Will Science Eradicate It Entirely”

Prostate cancer is treatable by a medical professional. It is important to be seen if you feel you have any of the possible symptoms.
Prostate cancer is a very common condition among men. It effects more than three million men annually worldwide.
Lab test and or imagery is always recommended with Prostate Cancer.
A cancer in a man’s prostate, a small walnut-sized gland that produces seminal fluid.
Difficulty starting and maintaining a steady stream of urine, dribbling of urine, excessive urination at night, frequent urination, urge to urinate and leaking, urinary retention, or weak urinary stream.
Symptoms include difficulty with urination, but sometimes there are no symptoms at all.
Some types of prostate cancer grow slowly. In some of these cases, monitoring is recommended. Other types are aggressive and require radiation, surgery, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, or other treatments.

I came back to the clinic after a barrage of tests. The urologist recommended that I start chemotherapy to eliminate any possible cancer cells that have traveled to lymph nodes because of the prostate cancer. They would begin the first session within two weeks upon my consent.

prostate cancer is something serious that should be looked out for. men should go regualry to the doctor or even a nurse. some places may do it at a reduced rate for those in poverty. depending on where you live you should search locally for a trained doctor. there are many reasons to go to the doctory and prostate is a very importatn one

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG TEENAGER I WENT TO VISIT MY UNCLE ROBERT IN THE HOSPITAL. AT THE TIME I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS WRONG WITH HIM BUT LATER ON IN MY LIFE I FOUND OUT HE HAD PROSTATE CANCER. NOW THAT I’M A GROWN MAN I UNDERSTAND HOW SERIOUS IT IS TO GET YOUR PROSTATE CHECKED BY A DOCTOR EARLY ON AS A MAN. FROM THE RESEARCH THAT I’VE CONDUCTED MYSELF I FOUND OUT THAT IF IT’S FOUND IN ITS EARLY STAGES YOU HAVE A MUCH GREATER CHANCE OF SURVIVING THIS FORM OF CANCER.

my brother is battling this prostate cancer for 4-1/2 years now. I’m basically on my own. I have no family here in Michigan. It gets really hard and sad. my all friends help this is very dangerous disease the patient are very seek this cancer there are many types of Medicine in market but doctor did not advise to take a fake medicine.

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