73-year-old Robert Lynch has a history of cancer so for 30 years he got repeated PSA (prostate-specific antigen) tests to check up on his prostrate. His responsible behavior was worthwhile as doctors managed to detect his prostate cancer at a very early stage.
“I had an elevated PSA test two years ago so I had biopsies taken that showed precancerous cells,” said the Lynch, a retired Mifflinburg teacher and administrator. “Later, they did turn into cancer.”
Yet when patients are diagnosed with prostate cancer there is not a one-size-fits-all treatment protocol that doctors blindly follow. There are several treatment options and patients are encouraged to play a key part in the decision making process. There are many different treatment options and sometimes the disease requires no treatment at all. Traditional cancer treatments can have side-effects such as impotence and incontinence as well as the radiation causing secondary cancer. These symptoms can prove more hazardous for the patient than prostate cancer itself.
If a man lives long enough he is quite likely to develop prostate cancer, yet a low proportion of men actually die from the disease. The National Cancer Institute reported 240, 000 new prostate cancer cases in 2011, of which just 33,720 men died.
It does however rank second in causes of male cancer deaths and therefore requires a patient’s attention.
“The question I always ask my patients is, ‘If you were diagnosed with prostate cancer, would you want to go through treatment?’ said Dr. Jay Raman, who is an urologist at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “Some men say, ‘I have eight other medical problems so no, I wouldn’t.’ In that case, we just monitor it with PSAs.”
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