Prostate Cancer Worst Case Scenario

June 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

It’s not a pretty thought, dying from a disease like prostate cancer, but is it a genuine reality that thousands of families in the United States have to live with every year. As many researchers constantly struggle to improve the existing tools for detecting and managing prostate cancer, and others are attempting to develop entirely new kinds of therapies, all in the bid to prevent the disease from occurring, or preventing cancer cells from metastasizing, death rates from prostate cancer have actually dropped somewhat, but hardly enough in recent years.

How does it happen?

Worst case scenario, you don’t even know that you have prostate cancer, and the disease somehow gets a chance to advance and spread throughout your body; or you know that you have prostate cancer, and you are being afforded the best medical treatment that is available, but for some unreasonable reason you happen to be besotted with one of those aggressive and unyielding manifestations of the disease.

Once again, these are worst case scenarios, which sincerely do not happen all too commonly. In most cases (90% of the time, according to the American Cancer Society), prostate cancer is diagnosed early and treatment if administered with good five- and ten-year prognoses.

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But the said cases in the previous paragraph do take place.

Forget the first symptoms that you experience ? blood in urine and semen, pain in urination and ejaculation; if you are going to die of prostate cancer, you’d likely have gotten to the bone pain phase of the disease, when the prostate cancer cells have invaded distant locations of your body. It usually starts with the pelvis, and then it moves on to the lower back (vertebrae), and the proximal part of the femur, and then the ribs; and metastatic prostate cancer cells have been known to cause hot and cold spots in the skull too.

Even with the best palliative treatments, the pain gets worse as the bones gradually get more and more brittle and start to fracture as regions of higher density start to contrast more against regions of lower density. And just when you think you have the worst of it, cancerous tissues that are developing against the softness of your spinal cord start to compress the essence, causing more pain, fecal and urinary incontinence, and eventually, it might lead to paralysis.

Even though these seem farfetched, you might want to look around at the about 27,000 some American men who die from the disease year in and out, and the family members that they left behind. In the United States alone, there were an estimated 230,000 new cases of prostate cancer and 30,000 deaths due to prostate cancer in the year 2005. The numbers may have dropped due to more widespread screening and improved treatments, but with the current statistics, it is hardly enough. There is yet work to be done, and pray you never have to deal with such a condition before the final results of various researches are out.

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