Prostate Cancer And Prostate Failure – What Many Are Unaware Of

September 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

Prostate failure is a common enough symptom of prostate cancer, but there are a lot of other symptoms that you should be aware of before you venture into treatment. Such symptoms as difficult or painful urination; frequent urination, especially at night; and blood in the urine or semen; are all major warning signs that you are likely to face before you even come close to prostate failure. And pain in the lower back, pelvis, or upper thighs also tend to come along shortly after, indicating that the prostate cancer cells are beginning to spread or metastasize to your ribs, pelvis, and other bones.

However all of these symptoms could very easily have other causes, such as an infection of your prostate gland, or prostate enlargement, so that you cannot be too sure until a lot of other tests have been carried out to ascertain. You most sincerely should be worried more about getting an early diagnosis and early treatment for the condition than you should worry about getting prostate failure.

You get prostate enlargement as a natural result of the aging process, but because it is so closely related in indicating signs to prostate cancer, there are a lot of men who do not want to take chances. And so they hurry off to the doctors and start looking for treatments. Good for them, that; because even for prostate cancer, you might not feel any early warning signs that it is there or on the way until it has advanced rather some way, and it could have metastasized to any number of other organs or tissues in your body. Knowing this, your doctor will have to put you through an exhaustive diagnostic process often starting with a physical examination of your prostate gland, and usually culminating in a biopsy of the organ.

The physical exam requires the oncologist to insert a gloved finger in your colon and feel out the prostate for nodules or a tumor, and the biopsy is an extraction of a tiny piece of your prostate gland for studies under a microscope. The results of the biopsy are often conclusive, but medical practitioners will typically carry out every last one of a battery of tests before they even think to do the biopsy, unless your life is at risk. The reason is because the biopsy is considered to be extremely painful and invasive, and no one is too eager to deal with that. That done, they often still insist on screening tests to determine how much or how far the disease has spread. Without that information, they are unlikely to be able to determine or administer the best treatments possible for your prostate cancer.

In treatment, Prostate Cancer hormone therapy may be used to stop or shrink the tumor before surgery or radiation therapy, especially when the suffering is complicated or if there is a high likelihood of a relapse. However, if there is little or no fear of relapse, either one of these techniques may suffice. Chemotherapy uses anticancer drugs, especially when the disease has spread beyond the prostate, and other treatments for prostate cancer such as cryosurgery, immunotherapy, and high-intensity ultrasound, are also being improved upon as potential cures.

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