Prostate cancer treatment is different from patient to patient. Doctor will do some tests first to patient, checking health condition, size of tumor, whether the cancer has become metastatic or not, age and hormone. If the stage is still on the beginning, the patient doesn’t need to take a surgery to treat the cancer. Patient only ask to wait and see and also suggested to change their bad lifestyle and eat low cholesterol food. As surgery and chemotherapy have side effect, alternative and herbal treatment also recommended. So far, that kind of treatment has fewer side effects than the medical ones. Treatment for further stage will be explained below
Kinds of Prostate Cancer Treatment
Several kinds of prostate cancer treatment are surgery, radiotherapy and hormone therapy. Surgery is divided into two; radical prostatectomy and Trans urethral resection. Radical prostatectomy is removing prostate glands and surrounding tissue. It works for patient whose cancer has not spread outside surrounding prostate, but there is still a small possibility of not all cancer cells are removed then recurrence after surgery. Trans urethral resection is cutting part of prostate gland. Patient will be given general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia to avoid pain during surgery. This purpose is relieve or removing urinary disorder because of prostate cancer.
Other prostate cancer treatments are Radiotherapy. This therapy are Done if the cancer cells have not spread outside prostate. It uses radiation energy to destroy cancer cells. It is also done to kill the cancer cells which are left. Patient does not need to stay in hospital to do this treatment. Other is Hormone therapy. It prevents body to produce androgen, so cancer grows slowly, because testosterone and other hormone are like a fertilizer for cancer cells. If cancer does not show any reaction to hormone therapy, steroid tablets are usually given. Steroid’s aim is to lessen and prevent tumor growth. Usually hormone therapy is given along with radiotherapy to raise success treatment. But in other case, hormone therapy is given after radiotherapy to prevent recurrence or relieving pain because of treatment.
After knowing about prostate cancer treatment, it’s better for us to know side effects of it. Trans urethral resection can emerge impotence because part of prostate gland is cut. While radical prostatectomy have several side effects like impotence and cannot ejaculate so, patient cannot have child by doing sexual intercourse after it. While radiotherapy can cause inflammation in urinary bladder, fatigue, hair loss, diarrhea, uncomfortable feeling in rectum, and the inability to erect. Hormone therapy side effects are loss of sexual lust, hot flush, erectile dysfunction, and high weight.
For those who do not want to experience side effect of medical or surgery treatment, they can try alternative treatment like acupuncture, or herbal drugs like rodent tuber (family of taro plant) plant or graviola fruit and its leaf. Those plants are medically proven has importance substance to fight cancer and 1000 times strong than medical drugs which usually given. Better to ask doctor to find best prostate cancer treatment for you.