Prostate Cancer Treatment Decision more about potential side effects?

Since all of the treatments for Prostate Cancer have similar cure rates at 15 yrs many patients base their choice of treatment on the potential for side effects. For instance: If you absolutely could not tolerate total incontinence don’t choose surgery as this has the biggest risk for that complication. If you are worried that…

Prostate cancer 101-A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Why is it that 30,ooo or so men die of prostate cancer die yearly in the U.S.? Could it be that men are lulled to sleep by generalizations about the prostate and then apply them “specifically” to themselves? Yes some prostate cancers are slow growing…but not all are. Yes some people die with their prostate…

Prostate cancer? Do you know where your prostatic urethra is tonight?

Regardless of the treatment of your prostate cancer you choose…the prostatic urethra or lack thereof will impact your potential for urinary symptoms. I commonly see patients for a second opinion about what to do with the newly diagnosed prostate cancer. In most cases they have been told the diagnosis and the options. I don’t know…

Prostate cancer decision time-what is most important to you?

You’d think when it comes to cancer that cure is the only issue. Wrong. Think of the female and breast cancer. They too have to consider options that weigh cure vs. the effect of treatment on their body. In the male the issue is quality of life and specifically: Continence-regardless of your treatment course there…

Prostate cancer and voiding symptoms.

Myth #1 “I couldn’t have prostate cancer because I don’t have any problem urinating.” The most common cause of a slow stream or trouble voiding in men is an enlarged (benign) prostate not prostate cancer. If a man has problems urinating because of prostate cancer it is usually an advanced stage of prostate cancer. As…

Do you know your prostate cancer?

If you and your wife left your doctor’s office with the news that your prostate biopsy showed cancer and you don’t know the significance of your Gleason’s score, the volume of cancer in the cores taken at time of the biopsy and how your PSA ties into the decision making…then You’ve got work to do…