Prostate Cancer Metastasis to other Organs – Growth and Development of the Cancer

June 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

One could say that you never see it coming, prostate cancer; especially considering the fact that there are absolutely no early symptoms of the malignancy. The only way, it appears, that you can catch the disease before it has grown to dangerously hazardous proportions is to go for regular tests as often as you can, and ensure that the doctor is thorough enough to do the necessary physical examinations, the PSA test, and go through the entire exhaustive diagnostic processes for prostate cancer to determine whether you have it or not.

But say you have even been diagnosed with the disease already; you still couldn’t commence treatment for it until the disease has been appropriately staged. This implies that the doctor or physiologist will have to further carry out tests that determine how much or how far the cancer may have spread. Without an intimate understanding of how prostate cancer cells spread ? called metastasizing ? through the body as it reaches its advanced stages, the oncologist could not diagnose or stage the disease in the right way, and they definitely could not commence treatment yet because they could overshoot and cause other complications, or they could treat it inadequately and risk the tumors adapting to the treatment and coming back stronger.

The main symptoms of prostate cancer as the tumor begins to grow are the regular pain and difficulty in urinating or frequent urination, increased urination at night, difficulty starting and maintaining a steady stream of urine, blood in the urine, and painful urination, problems during sexual intercourse, and erectile and urinary dysfunction. As it advances, you may begin to feel a lot of body and bone pains. This is because the disease appears to have a preference for spreading to the bones of the back, the pelvis, and the hips. Prostate cancer spreading to hip is by no means a strange event, nor is the metastasis of the cancer to the proximal part of the femur. By this time, you may already be experiencing leg weaknesses, and urinary and fecal incontinence, occurring as a result of compression of your spinal cord when the prostate cancer cells reach your spine.

Blood in your urine or semen, persistent pain in your lower back, pelvis, or lower back, or pain and swelling of your lymph nodes, sometimes in spite of treatment may signal that the growth and advancement of the disease is nearing an end ? it may yet reach your bladder and rectum.

Once the disease has been appropriately staged, radiotherapy or hormonal therapy may be applied to halt or reverse the growth of the cancer before other treatments are now administered. Some of the other treatments for prostate cancer that are well enough known and that are trusted to at least provide you with a measure of hope are chemotherapy and surgical prostatectomy. Cryosurgery is in development and showing great promise. If you also want to learn about Testicular cancer prostate metastases, there are other articles that cater to this precise topic on this website. You can also learn about bone metastatic prostate cancer survival.

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