Symptoms For Prostate Cancer – Why You Should Be Concerned

July 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

There are no early symptoms of prostate cancer, partly because the disease is so slow growing that the body generally appears to adapt to it until the tumor gets big enough. When the tumor in the prostate gland is big enough though, the symptoms start to appear, which in a way correlate with the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

Most prostate type of cancer patients who get to the symptoms phase of the disease often begin by observing that they urinate more at night while also finding that urinating was a difficult experience for them because starting and maintaining a stream of urine was extremely painful. These symptoms often appear because the tumor has grown large enough to obstruct the flow of fluid from the bladder to the penis through the urethra. Eventually this may culminate in the presence of blood in the patient’s urine.

Concurrently, the patient will also be having problems with sexual function, particularly erectile dysfunction, painful ejaculation, and also blood in semen. This would apparently suggest that cancerous cells were breaking off from the primary tumor and starting to metastasize out of the prostate gland.

Later symptoms often emerge during the metastatic process. Due to invasion of the lymphatic system, the lymph nodes in the pelvic area often start to swell in a painful manner. The region itself often becomes inflamed with pelvic bone pain as a result of the cancer being incident on the bones of the pelvic girdle and starting to progress further. Later stages of the disease are then further characterized with even more bone pain as other bones in the body are attacked by the metastatic cells.

Back pain is common, often due to the infestation on the vertebrae by metastatic prostate carcinoma; pain in the chest may occur as well, due to metastasis to the ribs; and if the cancer were to spread to the leg, the thigh bone pays the price (usually in the proximal part of the bone). Other bones all over the body may be affected as well, with no specific rules guarding precisely how far the cancer may spread. Metastatic prostate cancer in the bones of the spinal column may start to aggregate within and compress the spinal cord, leading to further signs of weakness in the legs and incontinence – in some instances, paralysis in fact has been known to occur.

The problem with the symptoms, as indicated earlier, is that they hardly come early enough. Also as indicated, the problems with sexual and urinary functions may still imply that the disease is curable, but the bone metastasis is a nightmare that no man should ever have to have to live with, especially since it is only treatable, not curable.

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