The challenges of determining the proper cancer treatment

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Being diagnosed with cancer usually sets off a cascade of emotions, making patients feel confused, anxious, and at times even hopeless.

These feelings are warranted, and all too often these feelings are compounded by the challenges of determining a plan of action to treat ones disease.

Following diagnosis, patients are flooded by information and trying to make sense of the different treatment options can make even the most educated patient uncertain.

The internet contains many valuable resources, but advertisements are often cloaked as educational tools, and patients should be cautious.

While it is important to be educated regarding your disease, talking with your physician and asking for recommended resources is a safer way to start your education.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. It starts in the prostate gland, which is a small walnut-shaped gland that is responsible for the production of seminal fluid.

Prostate cancer is often a slow-growing disease, but in some cases and depending on certain risk factors, it can be an aggressive disease and spread rather quickly.

It is estimated that in 2015 in the United States, there will be about 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer and about 27,540 deaths from prostate cancer. This means about one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

Traditionally, patients had two main treatment options: surgery or radiation. Based on a patient’s goals, disease state and health, an appropriate treatment plan would be made.

 

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