If you’re in the slightest bit worried that you might be exhibiting symptoms of Prostate Cancer, you should see your GP as soon as possible.
Men can often procrastinate visits to the doctor because of all kinds of reasons: fear, embarrassment, or even shame.
Delay your visit to the GP, however, and you could risk allowing a potentially harmful disease spreading outside of the initial area and into the rest of your body, making it much more difficult for doctors to treat.
The prostate, for many men, is a part of the body that they do not know much about. Unlike the penis or testicles, it’s place within the body means that issues with it can often come under the umbrella of ‘out of sight, out of mind’, meaning that men will ignore any initial symptoms (difficulty urinating, decreased flow of urine) usually until worse symptoms (blood whilst urinating, frequent trips to the toilet) appear.
If you are positively diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, then a number of treatment options will be open to you, depending on the size of the cancer and the severity of it’s spread.
Unfortunately, because of the essentially interior nature of the disease; less intrusive cancer treatment options, such as photodynamic therapy, will not be open to you. Even for localised prostate cancer (where the cancer remains inside the prostate), you’ll be required to undergo some form of operation.
Once a doctor finds prostate cancer inside you, he will most likely recommend a few courses of action, depending on the severity of the condition. Some doctors might recommend that you wait for a period of time before taking any action at all. Depending on your age, overall health and the state of the cancer, he will recommend a period of either ‘active surveillance’ or ‘watchful waiting’.
Active surveillance will be best suited for men with localised prostate cancer whose aim is to still cure the cancer completely. This form of observation will require more frequent trips to the hospital in order to undergo tests such as prostate biopsies or MRI scans. Treatment is very much a goal in this form of observation as opposed to ‘watchful waiting’.
Watchful waiting is a course of action usually undertaken by men who already have other health issues that take priority over the cancer. This option involves much fewer tests, meetings will usually take place at a GPs, as opposed to a hospital. The purpose of watchful waiting is to control the symptoms of the cancer (whether localised, locally advanced or advanced) rather than curing it.
When it comes to taking affirmative action against your Prostate Cancer – the treatment that will be recommended to you will vary, depending on how long your life expectancy is, how quickly your cancer is progressing as well as your own thoughts about your treatment. You will always be given options by your doctor when it comes to the treatment options that are available to you, so you should never feel like you’re limited to one course of action.