Treating Prostate Cancer

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Once your prostate cancer has been diagnosed and staged, you have a lot to think about before you and your doctor choose a treatment plan. It’s important that you think carefully about each of your choices. You will want to weigh the benefits of each treatment option against the possible risks and side effects. Depending on each case, treatment options for men with prostate cancer might include: Watchful waiting or active surveillance Surgery Radiation therapy Cryotherapy (cryosurgery) Hormone therapy Chemotherapy Vaccine treatment Bone-directed treatment These treatments are generally used one at a time, although in some cases they may be combined. To learn about the most common approaches to treating prostate cancer, see these topics: Things to think about when considering treatment options Typical treatment options based on the stage…
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Prostate Cancer Awareness

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The Prostate Cancer Awareness and Quality Improvement Programme (AQIP) outlines the issues that currently exist for the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer in New Zealand. The AQIP provides solutions to these issues and identifies the next steps for the Ministry of Health and the wider health sector. Currently, men in New Zealand can receive confusing information on the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. In addition, there are differences in the quality of care available to men throughout the health service, from primary to tertiary level care. Men who may benefit from early diagnosis and treatment can have limited opportunity for access to appropriate health services while men who would otherwise not have any complications from prostate cancer may suffer harms from overdiagnosis and overtreatment. The AQIP…
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Fast facts on prostate cancer

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After non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the US. Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death among men of all races and Hispanic origin populations. In the US around 209,292 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer per year. Around 27,970 men die from prostate cancer in the US each year. According to the American Cancer Society about 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer mainly occurs in older men - about 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men 65 years or older. Almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas - cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids. Prostate cancer often has no early symptoms. Advanced…
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