Prostate Cancer Step by Step
Prostate cancer is a slow growing cancer. If you have just been diagnosed, it is extremely unusual that there is any need to rush to a decision. Most cancers have been sitting quietly in your prostate and growing for 10 to 15 years, with the most aggressive ones developing over 10 or so years. So, you haven’t just “gotten” prostate cancer. You just have been “diagnosed” with a cancer that you have been living with for a long time.
Once suspected or diagnosed, unless in advanced stages, men typically have time to gather information, and make an informed decision about how to proceed. Many men take 3-6 months to decide on their treatment, it is usually not necessary to rush a decision. Some decide to pursue a course of treatment know as “watchful waiting” or “active surveillance”, where, while under the guidance of their doctor, will postpone treatment and the unwanted side effects that sometimes accompany treatment. Following is a step by step outline, of the recommended actions to find and deal with prostate cancer.
Advice for Men Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
Edward Weber, M.D. offers advice For Patients of Prostate Cancer. It is important to be informed, but you do not need to do this alone. That is what the specialists are there for. This is the time for deliberation, since once treated you cannot reverse the course. Watch this video to learn more.
Prostate, Prostate Cancer?
What is the prostate or how do you get prostate cancer? Perhaps a close friend or relative has expressed concern that they might have prostate cancer? Learn about the symptoms and risk factors for prostate cancer. Learn about your prostate, it’s location and function. Understand the impact of prostate cancer on everyday life.
Keep A Record
View, print or download our Patient Form to record doctor’s visits, results of tests, current medications, height, weight, BP, etc. This information will be needed and repeated for other doctor visits, additional tests, insurance, employer, possibly disability and Social Security applications.
Visit your Family Doctor and request a blood test for PSA, along with a Digital Rectal Exam, DRE. If you are African American or have family history of prostate cancer, you have high risk factors and this first prostate exam should take place at age 40. Otherwise age 45 should be the first round of tests. If the Digital Rectal Exam or PSA test is abnormal, additional testing will be required.
Understand Your Test Results
Initial diagnosis prostate cancer will include test results such as Prostate Specific Antigen, PSA, a Gleason Score and the Stage of the cancer. Click on the icons below learn more.
Know Your Risk Group
Has your prostate cancer been diagnosed in the early stages? Or is the cancer more advanced, maybe even high risk? Test results that outline your PSA, Stage and Gleason Score, allow physicians to classify a patient into a specific Prostate Cancer Risk Group. See how risk groups help experts decide on the appropriate treatment.
Consult with Experts
Scheduling appointments or consultations with experts Surgery, Radiation and Oncology is key. Send along copies of all of your tests results, as well as electronic copies of MRI’s or Ultrasounds ahead of the consultation, so the discussion can be about the specifics about your diagnosis. Ask about how others, their outcomes and side effects. Ask how many become Prostate Cancer Free and remain free of cancer. Get the facts on treatment options.
Compare Prostate Cancer Treatments
The Prostate Cancer Results Study Group, an international team of 36 Prostate Cancer Experts has spent years reviewing studies that outline the success of the initial prostate cancer treatment, some for as long as 15 years. Those without a rise in PSA following treatment are considered Prostate Cancer Free. See the results:
Compare Prostate Cancer Treatment Side Effects
When prostate cancer treatment outcomes are similar, sometimes it makes sense to look at the impact that the treatment will have on your day to day life. Side effects such as incontinence and impotence, are significant factors when choosing the right treatment for you. Personal preferences, age along with other health factors play an important role when making a treatment decision.
What Can I do In the fight against Prostate Cancer ?
Diet is perhaps the most important factor that can be controlled by an individual. Increasing attention is being devoted to understanding the role of diet and nutrition in relation to the development and progression of prostate cancer.
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