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What Is The Best Treatment For Prostate Cancer
Many options: Generally speaking, options for treatment depend on patient factors (general health, preferences) and tumor factors (gleason grade, psa, clinical stage). Options include surveillance, radiotherapy, surgical removal of prostate. Radiation can be done with seeds in appropriate patients, external beam (usually imrt) with image guidance (igrt). An emerging radiation tool is radiosurgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a new growth of any tissue with an ability to spread - metastasize - along blood vessels and lymphatic channels to near or far sites of the body with never-ending aggressiveness until the host succumbs to death by it or other related problems. Prostate cancer is one of them ranked as #2 cancer (after skin cancer) and & #2 cancer death (after lung cancer). 1 in 6-7 men in ...Read more
The best?: Seriously, i would say, in general, avoid "alternative" therapy since it rejects everything we know. However, I am fully open-, minded for complementary therapy, treatment that may make conventional therapy better. More important, when dealing w/ pc, make sure you need any treatment. Pc is overdiagnosed and overtreated in the us and globally. See http://bit.Ly/kjwly4. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prostate cancer- what are the best diagmostic tool- biopsi/mri/serology -psa values? What is the best treatment option? Male 64- obese- high bp
Depends: Early prostate cancer can be successfully treated with either surgery or radiation plus or minus hormone therapy. Metastatic cancer is not curable but can do well for a while with hormones. Some cancers, strange as it may sound, grow so slow that do not need treatment at all. The challenge sometimes is to define what is the proper therapy for a particular situation. There is no "best" treatment. ...Read more
Tell us more?: If you can tell us your history in detail and let us know what stage is your prostate cancer in right now? There are many good doctors, it all depends on your cancer stage and your mobility to consult a good surgeon or Radiotherapist if it is early Cancer, but you will need a medical oncologist if it is stage -4(metastatic Cancer). Send us the stage info, then we can guide you further. ...Read more
Complex question: This is highly debated at present. If every option cost the same, it might be the best external beam option. Data questioning it recently are retrospective, based on 65yo+ data sets, and cost biased. That being said, one can get great surgery (and bad), great imrt (and bad) and great observation (and bad). The best treatment is unique to a person's situation (and their teams experience). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Disease continuum: There is a disease continuum from localized disease through advanced metastatic castration resistant disease. Generally localized disease is treated with local therapies such as surgery or radiation and disease that either recurs or is more advanced is treated initially with hormonal therapy. Immune therapy and chemotherapy may be used after. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different options : There is no single good treatment for prostate cancer. It depends on the age of the patient, nature of the cancer, and the overall health of the patient. Som Cancers don't need to be treated. Treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, and cryotherapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Radiation: Just to clarify gamma knife is typically used in the head and neck region. Other radiation techniques such as stereotactic body radiation can be used to treat areas such as the prostate. Also, there are two type of brachytherapy: seeds (ldr brachytherapy) and high dose rate (hdr brachytherapy). Hdr does not use radioactive seeds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more
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