A high PSA level. A positive biopsy. A treatment recommendation that includes the word “radical.” Once a prostate cancer diagnosis sinks in, many men just want to remove it. Now. And that’s a completely valid response. But surgery may not be the only answer. It may not even be the best option for you.
- Understand your test results. Your physician will evaluate the aggressiveness and severity of your cancer as accurately as possible based on your biopsy, PSA levels, a digital rectal exam, and other factors.
- Make an informed decision. Having abundant and accurate information can help you choose the best treatment for your diagnosis. Options may include:
- Prostatectomy: Surgical removal of the prostate
- Radiation therapy: High-energy rays are precisely targeted at tumors to kill cancerous tissue.
- Active surveillance: Closely monitoring slow-growing cancers by frequently checking PSA levels and undergoing periodic biopsies to track tumor growth.
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