Different Prostate Cancer Treatments That Work
I always get asked the same question by lots of people – is there a way to cure cancer of the prostate. The answer I give is always the same thing – YES and NO. Confused? Don’t be. Keep reading and my answer will become clearer.
You see, when it comes to prostate cancer, a cure is indeed possible. It all depends on certain factors; such as the particular stage of the prostate cancer, how far the cancer has metastasized (spread), how fast the cancer is growing, your age, your body, your medical history and the type of treatment that will be carried out.
In most cases when the cancer is detected in pretty good time, before it metastasizes, a cure is possible. It gets complicated when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. In such cases, a combination of treatment will be carried out, such as surgery and then radiation as well as radiation COUPLED with hormone therapy.
Let’s look at some of the treatments for prostate cancer and whether or not they can cure the cancer of the prostate:
External beam radiation therapy (EBRT):
This particular prostate cancer treatment uses a special high powered kind of X-rays which kill the cancerous cells in the prostate and other parts that they have spread to. The biggest problem with using External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) is that it also adversely affects the surrounding healthy tissues.
When External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) wants to be carried out on you, the first steps usually involve the mapping of the exact area of the body where the radiation will be done. Thankfully, medical science has come up with computer-imagine software that works better than humans to find the absolute best angles that will be aimed with the radiation beams. With the use of these in creating precisely focused radiation, this helps in killing the EXACT cancer in the prostate, while drastically reducing scar or harm on the adjacent tissues.
This External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) treatment can last for up to a week to as long as 8 or so weeks. This is because each of the sessions or appointments for the treatment takes about 10 or so minutes for the preparation while the radiation itself is just about one 1 minute only. If you are concerned about the pains, don’t be. External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) treatments are usually very painless.
Radioactive Seed Implants:
Thanks to the advancement of medical science, radioactive seeds are now implanted into the prostate to deliver a higher kind of dose of radiation, which are direct and more effective than external radiation beams. The implants are also known as brachytherapy.
This works by placing about 40 and 100 rice-sized kind of radioactive seeds into your prostate via ultrasound-guided kind of needles. These special seeds can contain one or more radioactive isotopes, which can include iodine and palladium (both can emit radiation which can extend just few millimeters beyond their location) – thereby helping to prevent surrounding tissues from being affected.
This form of prostate cancer treatment involves attempting to prevent the body from producing any more male sex hormones testosterone. The idea is that since these male sex hormones testosterone are responsible for stimulating the growth of the cancer cells, if they can be stopped, then the cancer cells will also be stopped. For those with the advanced prostate cancer stages, this hormone therapy has been seen to work a great deal in shrinking the cancer, as well as drastically slowing the tumor growths.
For best results, hormone therapy is used by lots of doctors in combination with surgery or radiation therapy. Since these treatments help greatly in stopping or even drastically slowing down the further growth of other stray cancer cells that are left behind, lots of people say it’s a good way to cure prostate cancer.
Radical prostatectomy is the term for the surgical removal of a prostate cancer victim’s prostate gland. This is a method of treating prostate cancer that seems to work for lots of cases. And yes, as you thought – this method completely removes your prostate surgically, as well as other nearby lymph nodes. This method works as a cure of prostate cancer for lots of people, but is mostly effective as a cure if the cancer hasn’t spread outside the prostate to other parts of the body.
Robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALRP):
Robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALRP) is another method for removing the affected prostate. As the name implies, it involves the inserting of tube-kind of instruments, along with a long, slim tube that has a small camera on the end of it (laparoscope) into 5 small incisions in the abdomen. This helps to give the magnified view of the surgical area where the surgeon guides the instruments via the viewing device when carrying out the surgery.
Chemotherapy as a treatment for prostate cancer, works by using certain strong chemicals to destroy the fast growing cells. It’s a very effective method in the treatment of prostate and other forms of cancer. While some people say this is a good cure for prostate cancer, it’s not always true for lots of people. Also, chemotherapy has lots of side effects more than other forms of treatment like hormone therapy. That’s why it’s mostly reserved only for those men that have the prostate cancer condition that has metastasized to other parts of the body and is hormone-resistant.
Cryotherapy is yet another method for treating prostate cancer. It works by destroying the cells via freezing tissue.
The above are some of the treatments currently being used for prostate cancer. While lots of people were able to get their “cure” from these methods or mostly a combination of these methods, others still insist that a cure isn’t possible. But of course, it all depends on you and the results you get. People are different in their makeup and what works for one person might not work for another.
Thanks to the advancement of medical science, there are MORE and MORE effective treatments being introduced for treating and even curing prostate cancer. One of them is the Gene therapy and immune therapy. Even though there’s currently a limit on this particular therapy for only experimental treatments, it has shown a great deal of promise. Who knows – in the not too distant future, this and/or other methods of treatment can finally lead to an end to the debate of whether there’s a cure for prostrate cancer or not. But for now, let the cure for prostate cancer be that which works for you. If you try it and it works for you, then it’s your cure.