Researchers find a better treatment option for patients of prostate cancer other than radiation
When someone gets diagnosed with prostate cancer, he has to decide from the many treatment options. The decision to choose the best treatment option resides with your doctor, yourself and your family members.
Most of the treatment options for prostate cancer are radiation, chemotherapy and surgery for the more serious cases. But before the decision is made, one has to check and get information for potential side effects, effects of the treatment and also the possible results.
But a new research has found that the best treatment option for prostate cancer patients is not radiation but something else. Find out what it is. But before that, let’s take a look at some details of prostate cancer.
1 What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer or the carcinoma of prostate is development of cancer in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system.
It is the most common type of cancer among men in US. It is also the second most leading cause of death among men in US. All of the prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas, which are cancers beginning in the cells that make and release mucus and other fluids. This type of cancer doesn’t have any early symptoms, but the patients with advanced prostate cancer frequently feel the need to urinate more often than normal.
2 Symptoms of prostate cancer
Prostate cancer actually doesn’t show any kind of symptoms in the early stages. Even if they appear, the symptoms vary from person to person. Here are some of the signs of prostate cancer amongst men. Pain and burning sensation during urination, difficulty in holding urine, weak or interrupted urine flow, urgent and frequent urination, and blood in urine or semen are some of the symptoms that are seen in patients with prostate cancer.
3 New findings on prostate cancer treatment
A study published in the European Urology Journal, recently claimed that for men with localized prostate cancer, surgery is the best option and this treatment is also beneficial for them in the long run.
The study was conducted by the Odette Cancer Centre in the Sunnybrook Research Institute of the University of Toronto, Canada and involved 120,000 men with localized prostate cancer who had either had surgery done or had undergone radiation as forms of treatment.
The researchers found that patients who had undergone radiation were twice as likely to die from prostate cancer and were 1.5 times more likely to die sooner, when compared with patients who had undergone surgery.
4 Why surgery over radiation?
The study results show that people who opted for surgery as treatment for their localized prostate cancer, found it more effective than other treatments like radiation in the long term. Dr. David Samadi, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City said, “The results of this study point not only to the efficacy of surgery as a principal mode of treatment and first line of defense against prostate cancer, but also as a way to extend the life of men affected by prostate cancer.”
Though, it has to be pointed out at this stage, that the best treatment option has to be decided by the patient and the doctors together.