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What are the treatment options for prostate cancer?

Treatment options for prostate cancer are many, and while this is an advantage in that prostate cancer is such a common disease in men, it can also be a cause of great confusion. The following overview presents some information about these options, but it is not a complete explanation of any of these. You can find more information on treatment options in the NCCN Clinical Practice Guideline for Patients on Prostate Cancer for 2014 and the Physician Data Query (PDQ) website of the National Cancer Institute.

Conventional medical treatment options for prostate cancer include:

  • Watchful waiting
  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy and other targeted therapies
  • Bisphosphonates and denosumab
  • Radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive substances used as drugs)
  • Research techniques including high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and others
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Comment from: jeffs, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

My treatment for prostate cancer was HDR (high-dose rate) brachytherapy followed by 25 EBR (external beam radiation) doses in 5 weeks, as well as a hormone shot. I still have painful and frequent urination and hot flashes, but I just finished the EBR 2 days ago. I've had one ejaculation a couple of weeks ago, but really no desire or libido so far. Gleason score is 4 plus 3, PSA 4.64, and T1c, 1 of 12 positive. I just hope it all works out for the best and I still think I made the right choice.

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Comment from: Gary, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 03

I was diagnosed with stage 3, Gleason 9 (5 plus 4) prostate cancer. I had brachytherapy, 25 external beam radiation sessions and 18 months hormone deprivation. Initial PSA was 8.2 in 2010. Note: I ate 300 g tomato paste a day during radiation (I don't know if this had a positive effect on my treatment. It concentrates in cancerous prostate tissue, maybe more absorbent). It is now October 2015 and my last PSA was 0.04 ng/L.

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