What about prostate cancer treatment? What kinds of issues should I think about when choosing a treatment?

Several factors. There are a number of factors that one should consider in the treatment of prostate cancer. The first is whether or nor the cancer needs treatment as many are slow growing. So, you need to consider the psa level, gleason score, and stage of the cancer. You also need to consider your age, personal health, personal wishes, and the potential side effects of each treatment.
Side effects. In early stage prostate cancer all treatments are equal, so the question is what are the possibilities of the lasting permanent side effect. The two that men worry about is incontinence and impotence. Look up the percentage of these as well as bladder and rectal issues to help guide your decision.
Quality of life. Fortunately with early screening (psa, digital rectal exam) prostate cancer is found in early stages for many men. This typically leaves men with many options for treatment. I would recommend considering all treatment options and paying close attention to potential side effects that may be associated with each treatment. There is no one size fits all treatment.
Quality of life. Please see my response about a very similar question.
Medical Treatment. For localized prostate ca, the treatment is local(make sense): radiation or surgery cures most(again depending on risk). For late stages, the treatment is more complicated, particularly for those "asymptomatic" patients, those with a rising psa despite of hormonal therapy. No standard answears, but I have used a variety of therapies, including "alternative" therapy. However, all are anectodal, no.
Informed decision. I begin most consults for low to intermediate risk prostate cancer patients discussing how the most stressful aspect about the diagnosis is trying to figure out what if anything should be done about it. The previous answers are all correct. I'd only add to remember that you are your best advocate and ultimate decision maker. Be sure that you have been presented with all standard options, pros&cons.
Beware of "new" And "improved" technology, that in fact is high cost and has limited long term follow up about late effects. Both surgical methods and radiotherapy suffer from the technical enthusiasm that lacks proven patient benefit. Just because it is high tech does not make it better. Most gleason 6 or less; psa 4 or less can be "watched and waited".

Related Questions

What kind treatment can somebody get for prostate cancer?

Many options. For early prostate cancer chocies are surgery (open or robotic) or radiation (external or seeds) commonly. For more larger cancers or involvement of nodes radiation with hormone thearpy is effective. For cancers that have recurred or spread elsewhere, hormones can be very effective. Additional options for advanced cases include immunotherapy, chemotherapy, clinical trials. Read more...
Active surveillance. For low risk prostate cancer i think it is also very important to mention the option of active surveillance as an option as well. Read more...
Several. There are several treatment options available for patients with prostate cancer. W#hich method is recommended depends on the type of cancer, your blood test results (psa), and rectal exam. Definitive treatment options include observation, radical surgery, radiation, and freezing the cancer (cryotherapy). Noncurative treatment options include hormonal manipulation or removal of the testes. Read more...

Do prostate cancer victims usually choose not to get treatment if they are very old, like over 90 years old?

Generally not. Any treatment for prostate cancer requires a careful assessment of risk and benefit. There is no age cutoff for cancer treatment, but most guidelines for prostate cancer treatment recommend a life expectancy of greater than 10 years. Those expected to live less than this are likely to derive little benefit from treatment. Read more...
Yes. At 90, quality of life is everything. Therapy is aimed at relieving symptoms. We cannot extend life by treating prostate cancer at 90. Read more...

My fiancee, 31, has prostate cancer and we are trying to conceive. Is this still likely? He hasn't undergone any kind of treatment at this point.

It depends. It depends if the disease has affected his sperm he will definitely need a semen analysis. Another thing to look at is frezing (banking) his sperm as the treatment may make him sterile. Read more...
Bank sperm now. That is young for a man to get prostate cancer and it makes me concerned that it needs to be treated soon due to its likely risky and aggressive nature. It may b less aggressive but it is a rare scenario due to his age. Therefore he should bank sperm get treatment as needed in the near future. Even without a prostate his sperm can be extracted down the road from his testicles. Read more...
Depends on tx. If only the prostate is treated and no chemotherapy or hormonal therapy is needed, his sperm should remain unaffected but he may not be able to ejaculate enough to impregnate naturally. A urologist can discuss other ways to get sperm now or in the future. Read more...
Prostate cancer. Although prostate cancer is quite unusual at 31 years of age, it can occur this young. If he has been diagnosed by a urologist by means of transrectal biopsies of the prostate, then he almost certainly was advised to have radical prostatectomy. This surgery would render him unable to impregnate by intercourse although assisted reproductive methods would be available to you. Read more...

Prostate cancer treatment?

First question. Is whether treatment is necessary, depends on gleason score and psa. Treatment may not add value to you. Watchful waiting follows your psa #, rate of rise. If your gl >/= 7, psa > 10ng/ml, best option is radiotherapy, +/- anti-hormone. Get a few opinions. Do not act in haste. Read more...
Review options. Take time to review your options. Treatment options are based on risk category - low vs intermediate vs high vs metaatatic. Options include observation vs radiation therapy in different forms +/- androgen blockade vs surgical resection. Risks vary based on treatment. Meet with radiation oncologist and urologist. Ask a lot of questions. Visit cancer.Gov. Read more...
Variety of options. prostate cancer has a variety of options ranging from 1) surveillance where no active treatment is chosen and the cancer is watched 2)radiation therapy-3 options exist a)imrt b)seeds c)sbrt/cyberknife 3)prostatectomy 4) more experimental options such as hifu. Read more...

How expensive is prostate cancer treatment?

Prostate cancer. Depending on where you live surgery can cost 15-50k with robotic surgery, radiation costs tens of thousands of dollars, chemo and other prostate cancer drugs are also very expensive. Read more...

What is the normal prostate cancer treatment?

Radiation. Radiation either external beam vs seeds, surgery, anti-testosterone therapy with Lupron (leuprolide) for extensive disese as well as chemotherapy. Read more...
Various. Depends on stage early stage, surgery or radiation locally advanced, hormonal and radiation metastatic, hormonal, sometimes radiation and later chemotherapy. Read more...
Prostate cancer . Unlike most other cancers, prostate cancer most often can be treated effectively with one of several possible treatment options. The options offered are largely determined by the grade of tumor, the patient's age and health and personal preference. Read more...

What is a calypso prostate cancer treatment?

Pin point radiation. This a specific system to guide radiation. A kind of radio guidance system is used to aim the radiation beam more accurately. Read more...
Calypso. Calypso is a gps signaling method that allows radiation oncologists to more accurately give radiation treatment to the prostate by monitoring the location of the prostate gland in real time. A urologist places a rice kernel sized electromagnetic transmitter into the prostate that helps the radiation oncologist monitor the location ofthe prostate during treatment. Read more...

Could the nhs pay for prostate cancer treatment?

Not sure I know. what NHS is, or if the data are true (33 year old, female). But Prostate cancer only occurs in men, usually over 50. Detected by screening PSA or nodule of rectal exam. If you have an insurance plan through ACA it will help, if you are uninsured, go to Charleston Memorial Hospital and ask. Read more...