A guide for men with localized prostate cancer

Monday, January 26, 2009, 12:04 AM | Leave Comment

I am 60 years old. I have been to the doctor’s twice. One in 1986 and the second time in late 2005. So far, I have not done tests for either colon or prostate cancer. I plan to do that in 2009.

Most men have time to learn about all the options for treating their prostate cancer.

You have time to talk with your family and to discuss your options with your doctor or nurse. This guide can help you

  • Think about what is best for you – now and in the future.
  • Work with your doctor to treat localized prostate cancer.

The information comes from a government-funded review of research about treatments for localized prostate cancer.

The information covers research about four common prostate cancer treatments and their side effects.

  1. Watchful waiting

    Carefully watching the cancer over time with regular checkups.

  2. Prostate surgery

    Also called radical prostatectomy (PRAHS-tah-TEK-toe-mee).

  3. Radiation

    One kind called external beam and another called brachytherapy (BRAKE-ee-THAYR-uh-pee) or “seeding.”

  4. Hormone treatment

Read the guide on the Government website in full: Treating Prostate Cancer: A Guide for Men With Localized Prostate Cancer.

In a Nutshell
Doctors advise to have tests for both colon or prostate cancer, especially when your over 50. If you have insurance and it covers these tests, please do them.

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