Symptoms Of Advanced Prostate Cancer

The early symptoms of prostate type of cancer are not early because they generally do not come in the early stages of the disease. They include frequent urination, increased urination at night, difficulty starting and maintaining a steady stream of urine, blood in the urine, and painful urination. All of these symptoms generally predispose urinary dysfunction; but there are others that involve problems with sexual function and performance, such as difficulty achieving erection or painful ejaculation.

However the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer are generally converged into one: bone pain, in addition to the previous symptoms that are already being felt. This occurs as the cancer spreads to other parts of the body, and the pain is often in the bones of the spine, of the pelvis and of the ribs. It is not unusual to observe a spread of cancer into other bones such as the femur, often bringing pain from the proximal part of the bone.

And even further along in the progression of the disease, metastatic prostate malignant tumor can also get into the spine itself, and as the tumor builds up in there; the cancerous cells may start to compress the spinal cord. The direct results of this are staid leg weakness, as well as urinary and fecal incontinence.

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It gets worse: the cancer may progress further still and cause precipitate and spontaneous fracture of the bones, and that in the spine may eventually cause paralysis.

There are lots of other locations in the body which metastatic prostate condition may reach as well, and they will all suffer the same fate as the parts that have been infected. Eventual death is certainly inevitable, especially considering that the disease at that advanced stage is incurable. There is however a number of measures that can be taken in order to help the patient with advanced prostate cancer. Basically, the effort is centered on providing palliation for the patient so as to maintain a certain reasonable quality of life until death eventually comes.

By way of palliation, a lot of effort is put into delaying the symptoms of the disorder and managing the blinding pain. It may get as far as administering narcotics and opioid pain relievers to the patient, but bisphosphonates might be a better idea to begin with. Other than those, chemotherapy can very seriously delay the symptoms and progression of the disorder because it actually kills cancer cells? except that in late stage disease there is only so much it can do. External beam radiation therapy perhaps might be the best bet, but that will depend on the doctor’s perception of the overall risk the patient faces.

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