There’s no denying that getting diagnosed with cancer is hard. While there’s plenty of information available, it can be overwhelming. First, you should know you are not alone. Second, thanks to emerging science, the future shows promise with medications that may help end all incurable prostate cancer. Third, you should understand that clinicians who specialize in prostate cancer know that every person has their own particular form of prostate cancer. No two prostate cancer diagnoses are alike. This is why it’s important for you to create and keep a good relationship with your care team. They’ll find out your type of prostate cancer, the stage, the grade, and discuss every available option for you as well as the risks and side effects of each.

Overall, treatment options are based on your age, stage, and grade, as well as your general health. These options include many traditional forms of cancer therapy, such as surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy, but there are also some forms that are very specific to the prostate.

Below are a few treatment options that you can discuss with your care team:

01 Watchful Waiting or Active surveillance is increasingly emerging as a viable option for men who decide not to undergo immediate treatment.

02 Surgery or the removal of the entire prostate gland through surgery is a common option for men whose cancer has not spread. This is called a radical prostatectomy.

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03 Radiation Therapy (sometimes combined with hormone therapy)

04 Cryotherapy (cryosurgery)

05 Hormone Therapy

06 Chemotherapy

07 Vaccine Treatment

08 Bone-Directed Treatment

09 High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) which is a minimally invasive procedure that uses precise focusing of sound waves to target and kill prostate cancer cells.

All of these options will involve having routine screenings in the form of digital rectal exams (DRE) and prostate-specific androgen (PSA) tests as directed by your clinician.

It’s essential to understand your treatment and medication options and thoroughly discuss those with your care team. Not yet a member of Pack Health? Click here to sign up!